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"Reading Paul Matthew Maisano's BINDI was a revelation. This is the prose I've been looking for--worldly and soulful, enduring, its surface beauty underwritten by adventure and excitement and a deep love of life."—Rebecca Lee
"Paul Matthew Maisano is an extraordinary writer, and one we all should be hearing from right now, with his thoughtful and nuanced view of the global stage. His unique, compassionately drawn characters are ones you have not met before. He is a writer of the moment. BINDI is a book everyone should be reading."—Karen Bender
"As the novel moves between Los Angeles, London and India, Maisano shows how loss and longing can be converted into hope, meaningful work and love. His beautiful prose, his immensely sympathetic characters and the wonderfully dramatic story he tells, make BINDI a novel in which many readers will find a home."
"Maisano has captured a complicated love story among strangers in strange lands. The reader at once cheers for every one of these characters, especially beloved eponymous Bindi, and their hearts' desires. A truly satisfying book."—Antonya Nelson, author of Female Trouble
"Poignant.... Maisano's novel effectively captures the settings across the globe and creates a realistic and imperfect family, movingly demonstrating how a combination of chance, persistence, and love creates lasting ties."—Publishers Weekly
"Maisano boldly crosses cultural boundaries with a sure touch and empathetic style. There is a stark authenticity here that delves deeply into all the vulnerabilities of a child seeking a home while capturing the dilemmas of adults facing choices that offer no clarity.... [Bindi] is essentially about good people coming to terms with the many dimensions of life and love, acceptance and peace."
"Birendra's story shifts among three locales.... All are rendered by Maisano with convincing and informative cultural and descriptive touches.... Birendra's Aunt Nayana, the twin sister of his mother - is drawn with depth and complexity. An academic achiever in west London, she moves from an adulterous affair to the verge of an emotional breakdown. All of this helps give dramatic substance to the story of an orphaned boy on a journey around the globe."—Associated Press