Mock My Words

Fiction - Literary
270 Pages
Reviewed on 05/24/2017
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite

Chandra Shekhar’s first novel, Mock My Words, follows the life of David Tan, a critically acclaimed novelist with an odd speech impediment and a failing marriage. Although David writes beautifully, he struggles to speak coherent English. His wife, Laura, a dynamic and sometimes stern woman working in PR, discovers that the assignment she thought would get her a promotion is in fact setting her up as a scapegoat. David’s efforts to support her and ensure her happiness do little to ease Laura’s matrimonial boredom. David’s new job as a Literature Professor seems doomed to fail when his difficulties in communicating causes his students to disregard his ideas. Prospects brighten when he meets Melissa, a business student with a revolutionary product idea. When she also snubs him, David begins to question his choice to teach.

Shekhar’s prose is graceful and eloquent without succumbing to verbosity. By contrast, David’s dialogue is halting and clumsy. I thought this served as an apt metaphor for the difficulties David has in navigating Western customs, as well as highlighting the low tolerance predominantly monolingual societies display towards those communicating with them in a second language. David is a sweet, likeable character. It’s easy to empathise with him, but it’s the inclusion of Laura’s point of view that truly balances both his character, and the narrative of their failing marriage. The tricky situation she faces at work energises the story and introduces a level of intrigue. Mock My Words is a charming novel and a satisfying read overall.