No Other World
In a rural community in western New York, twelve-year-old Kiran Shah, the American-born son of Indian immigrants, longingly observes his prototypically American neighbors, the Bells. He attends school with Kelly Bell, but he's powerfully drawn-in a way he does not yet understand-to her charismatic father, Chris.Kiran's yearnings echo his parents' bewilderment as they try to adjust to a new world. His father, Nishit, a successful doctor, is haunted by thoughts of the brother he left behind. His mother, Shanti, struggles to accept a life with a husband she did not choose and her growing attachment to an American man. Kiran is close to his older sister, Preeti, until an unfathomable betrayal drives a wedge between them that will reverberate through their lives.As he leaves childhood behind, Kiran finds himself perpetually on the outside-as an Indian American torn between two cultures and as a gay man in a homophobic society. In the wake of an emotional breakdown, he travels to India, where he forms an intense bond with a teenage hijra, a member of India's ancient transgender community. With her help, Kiran begins to pull together the pieces of his broken past.