Black Bread White Beer

Title: Black Bread White Beer
Author: Niven Govinden
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Genre: Fiction

Black Bread White Beer by Niven Govinden tackles one of the most important issues of human society, marriage, in a most subtle and passionate way. 
The whole book wraps up in span of just a day; Amal Joshi is driving her wife Claud from London to her parents’ country house. Claud’s recent miscarriage of 21 days had down-hilled their already shattering marriage. Amal, a brown guy who converted from Hindu to Catholic; to marry Claud, a Britain brought-up white, is finding the still persisting differences inescapable.  Two adults committed to each other have to struggle their disparity of gender, religion, backgrounds and races in the hope of a better future. 
This book might appear dark at first glimpse but it’s the subtext which really makes the reader to think about the fragile nature of a relationship in this fast paced life. How your society influences your morals and choices, the inability to communicate with the most important person in your life and those feelings which always lack expressions are beautifully bared in a deliberated manner. 
Though the characters never opens up as one would expect and the narration portrays only Amal’s point of view, author has done a commendable job of getting into the brain of a grieving man who is trying to soothe her wife and at the same time fighting with his own pain and inadequacies.  Although it’s a slim book with slow story flow, the fresh view of writer over modern society and hidden criticism makes it a great read. 

Rating: 4.5/5 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author for reviewing purpose. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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