The Adam family, mother, father and son, fled
His parents are certainly a contrast of styles and messages. Lala is a naively good-hearted woman who is ready to embrace most things about American culture but her husband Darius expects her to stay inside her
The clash of two such very different cultures had a devastating impact on the Adam family. As Xerxes approached maturity, father and son hardly spoke to each other, and when they did, it was never pleasant for either of them. Darius and Lala grew farther and farther apart as she demanded more and more personal freedom from him. That was bad enough, but then came the events of 9-11 and all three of the
Sons and Other Flammable Objects is a revealing portrayal of the struggle that immigrant families sometimes face when first-generation Americans grow up with a value set that differs greatly from the one held by their immigrant parents. Porochista Khakpour has written a remarkable first novel that still has me thinking about Darius, Lala and Xerxes and hoping that they are doing well. I won’t soon forget them.
For another viewpoint on both the book and its author see this post that I made back in October about the supposed feud between Carolyn See and Porochista Khakpour. Khakpour took great offense to the very personal review that See wrote of this first novel and responded on her on blog to the points made by See. Thus, the feud was born. I have to say that, after now having read the novel in question, I have to side with Khakpour and say that See’s criticisms are largely unfounded. It’s almost like she read a different book than the one I read.
Rated at: 4.0