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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
All Those Tears We Can't See is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, cross-cultural and realistic fiction sub-genres, and was penned by author Gita Audhya. The work is written for an adult reading audience due to the presence of some sensitive topics, plus complex issues of culture, immigration, and the sense of belonging. We meet Samantha and Monica, who both have conflicting emotions within them about their mixture of Indian heritage and the new world of America where their culture is not always understood or appreciated. As Samantha tries to reconcile her beliefs against those of her daughter, who is marrying a Christian man, so begins a fascinating journey of identity and family loyalty.
Author Gita Audhya has crafted a truly beautiful story of different cultures and different viewpoints coming together, and within it, there is a fantastic ideology of India’s history as the heart of the world, and the conflict of traditions versus modernization. The author handles some very difficult topics with grace and emotional realism, whilst also portraying a fragile but very important relationship between a mother and daughter who have a true love for one another, but also some very polarized opinions. I felt that the quality of the narration brought this across beautifully, and I also appreciated the commitment to history and small cultural details and differences, in which the author does a wonderful job of educating us. Overall, I would certainly recommend All Those Tears We Can't See to readers seeking a unique perspective and some accomplished dramatic writing.