House of Tinder

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iUniverse, 2003 - Fiction - 196 pages
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The Gopals are like most American families. Ravi and Kalpana Gopal and their daughter Lavanya live in Hackensack, New Jersey, a short drive from the Big Apple. They have a four-bedroom house, two cars, and most importantly, a sense of financial security all Americans crave.

But behind the facade of stability lies a family falling apart at the seams, torn by the past and driven apart by the idealistic expectations and reality. Beaten up by their own insecurities and their inability to express themselves, the Gopals are finding that pursuing the American dream can be a nightmare, and that keeping their sanity is harder than keeping up appearances.

Meet the Gopals, who live in the "House of Tinder."

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About the author (2003)

Murali Balaji is a fellow at Pennsylvania State University. He has more than a decade of professional journalism experience, having written for the Washington Post, St. Paul Pioneer Press. Wilmington News Journal, and other publications. He is also a regular guest on Philadelphia area television and radio programs. He is the author of House of Tinder. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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