Amara Malhotra was fourteen years old when her parents immigrated to the United States of America. But unlike most Indian immigrants, she was not destined to achieve the American Dream. Much to the anxiety of her parents-the spirited Biji and the doting Baba-Amara leads an unremarkable life. That is, until she marries Harvard-educated millionaire, Prashant Roy.
This fairy tale isn't meant to last, though, and even as Amara's marriage collapses, she finds herself returning to the land of her birth, to the small city of Shimla. Here, in a borough grappling with questions of modernity, Amara is caught in a tug-of-war between old beliefs and new ones, between parents who favour obedience and new friends who encourage independent thought.
With powerful insights, One and a Half Wife traces the coming-of-age of multiple characters, while redefining family, relationships and love in contemporary India.