WINNER: National Endowment for the Arts grant
WINNER: Independent Publisher Book Award, Gold Medal
WINNER: Next Generation Indie Book Award, Gold Medal
Named a Best Nonfiction Book of 2016 by Entropy Magazine
Named an Asian American Literary Achievement of 2016 by NBC News
Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion, edited by Piyali Bhattacharya, is the first anthology to examine the multiple facets of daughterhood in South Asian American families.
The voices in this volume reveal how a Good Girl is trained to seamlessly blend professional success with the maintenance and reproduction of her family’s cultural heritage. Her gratitude for her immigrant parents’ sacrifices creates intense pressure to perform and embody the role of the “perfect daughter.” Yet, the demand for such perfection can stifle desire, curb curiosity, and make it fraught for a Good Girl to construct her own identity in the face of stern parental opinion.
Of course, this is not always the case. Certain stories in this collection uncover relationships between parents and daughters that are open and supportive while also being exacting. Many of the essays, however, dig into difficult truths about what it is to be a young woman in a world of overbearing cultural expectation.
Good Girls Marry Doctors is filled with honest stories, difficult and joyous, heartbreaking and hilarious, from a diverse array of powerful women. These narratives combine to expose struggles that are too often hidden from the public eye, while reminding those going through similar experiences that they are heard, and they are not alone.
About the Editor
Piyali Bhattacharya is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University where she writes and teaches fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and many other publications in the United States and abroad. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion (Aunt Lute Books, 2016). The book was awarded gold medals from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was a finalist for several other awards. It also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was named an “Asian American Literary Achievement of 2016” by NBC, a “Best Nonfiction Book of 2016” by Entropy, and listed among the “10 Essential Books about the Immigrant Experience” by Publishers Weekly. Piyali is currently at work on her first novel. She can be reached at www.piyalibhattacharya.com.