Published October 30, 2023
Publisher: Penguin Random House SEA
Genre: Nonfiction, Travel Writing
Writer’s Postcards is an immersive and eye opening experience. Mukherjee tells snippets of her life experiences through a travel focused lens of everywhere she’s gone and the places that have shaped her.
Through a series of powerful essays, she explores themes such as family, social and political issues, what it means to be a woman, and cultural diversity. From China to Chicago to India and beyond, this book will take you on a journey around the world and the lessons tucked in between.
Raw and realistic, Mukherjee’s vivid prose proves her storytelling ability. Whether painting a scene of joy or tragedy, she is able to drop you into the emotional impact of the situation flawlessly.
I did find the pacing and the order of the essays to be a bit harder to follow in terms of timeline and content, which didn’t affect me as much since I read an essay or two a day in a reflection-style format instead of reading through it all at once. I feel that if it was read in one or two sessions, it may be a bit harder to follow and so I’d recommend to read this one slowly, piece by piece to help digest all of the emotional content.
Overall, this is a great book and perfect if you want to learn more about other cultures, or if you are a memoir lover but prefer bite sized life lessons and stories over a traditional biography format. As the title suggests, these are more of “postcard” stories from her life, and are perfect for reading in the morning with your daily coffee or tea.
“…. finding God in the quiddity of daily life, holding grace in the bloom of flowers.”
Thank you to the author for providing a copy to The Book Review Crew blog for honest review. All reflections are my own.