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Don't Let Him Know (Paperback)

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In a boxy apartment building in an Illinois college town, Romola Mitra, a newly arrived young bride, anxiously awaits her first letter from home in India. When she accidentally opens the wrong letter, it changes her life. Decades later, her son, Amit, back in the U.S., finds the same letter and thinks he has discovered his mother's secret. But secrets carry within them their own secrets sometimes.

Amit does not know that Avinash, his devoted father, lurked on gay chat rooms at times, unable to set aside his lifelong attraction to men. Avinash, for his part, had no idea about the memories of a starry romance his dutiful wife kept tucked away among her silk saris. As Amit settles down as a computer engineer in San Francisco, he too is torn between his new life here and his duties toward the one he has left behind in India.

Don't Let Him Know sweeps up multiple generations of a family, moving from an illicit encounter in a Calcutta park to an unlikely friendship forged at a Carbondale gay bar, from midnight snacks of a great-grandmother's mango chutney to wayward temptations at a McDonald's drive-thru. Tender, funny, and beautifully told, it is an unforgettable story about the sacrifices we make for those we love.

About the Author

Sandip Roy was born in India and spent many years in San Francisco. He is the senior editor at, an editor at New America Media, a blogger for the Huffington Post, and a commentator for Morning Edition on NPR. He is also a radio host on KALW 91.7FM San Francisco. Roy currently lives in Calcutta. This is his first book.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781408856666
ISBN-10: 1408856662
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 29th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English