The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal
When their mother dies, Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina fulfill her dying wish of going on a pilgrimage to the Sikh holy sites in India. The girls were raised in London, Rajni the only one of them who has ever visited India before. They are not a particularly close-knit family, and each of them comes on the trip with their own baggage, as well as preconceived notions about the others. As their pilgrimage progresses and they get nearer and nearer to the site where they will scatter their mother’s ashes, they all come to the realization that life is hard for everyone and that their sisters’ lives aren’t as perfect as each thought.
Slow, quiet, and tender, this was a lovely story, and I learned so much about Sikh culture and holy sites. The sisters were each loveable and imperfect and stressed, and although the ending wrapped up a little too tidily, I really did want the best for each of them. Read this if you like books about sisters who find that they really do love each other under all the layers of history and life choices. It did lack the wit and faster pace of her novel of last summer, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, but was completely lovely in its own right.