By: Nidhi Chanani
Call #: JGraphic Chana. N
Pashmina is the first graphic novel wholly created (written and illustrated) by an Indian American. It is a beautiful feminist coming of age story about a teenager who learns about her mother’s difficult choices in India. Full of magical realism (the pashmina transports her in full color images to a legendary India), this story is also the first full length graphic novel Ms. Chanani has written, so not all the transitions, not all the narrative elements work perfectly. That said, I LOVE that Priyanka comes to more deeply appreciate her mother and her mother country, India. I would highly recommend it to girls (and boys) 5th grade through high school — and to adults, too. Relatable, beautifully illustrated, touching on single parent families, self confidence, finding your voice, and being open to the nuances of other cultures, this is a great book!