Keya Das’s Second Act by Sopan Deb
Published: July 5, 2022
Simon & Schuster
Genre: Asian American Literature
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Sopan Deb is a writer for The New York Times, where he has covered culture and basketball. He is also a New York City-based comedian. Before joining the Times, Deb was one of a handful of reporters who covered Donald Trump’s presidential campaign from start to finish as a campaign embeds for CBS News. He covered hundreds of rallies in more than 40 states for a year and a half and was named a “breakout media star” of the election by Politico.
“The answer you want to give and the truth are two different things.”
Shantanu Das has lived a difficult life for the past couple of years. His youngest daughter died in a car accident, and they had a falling out before the accident. His wife divorced him. His oldest daughter was distant. He was going through the motions. Until he discovered a box of Kaya’s writing in the attic. And suddenly, new life was breathed into the Das family and close friends. Sometimes, forgiving yourself for mistakes you’ve made is the hardest lesson to learn.
I really enjoyed this novel. As a Caucasian female, I loved learning about Bengali culture. It was fascinating. The traditions, the attire, the familial roles. Beautifully delivered and expertly delivered.
This story was heavy. But in such a heartbreakingly beautiful way. This was a journey of forgiveness, acceptance, growth, and learning that it’s okay for life to continue after the tragedy.
I e joyed each of these characters and found their roles so brilliantly written. Everyone has a past, everyone makes mistakes, and it’s okay to learn and grow and move on.
Moving on doesn’t mean forgetting. When this theme appeared, I felt like it slapped me in the face. The last several chapters in this novel were so heartfelt and truly powerful.
The ending was really just a fresh start. A release. A freedom that was truly deserved and had been hard-earned. Everything about this journey was personal and powerful.