The actress chose Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal as her latest!
Reese Witherspoon just shared her March book club pick today: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows ($17, amazon.com), by Balli Kaur Jaswal, the author's first novel published in the United States.
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows Nikki Grewal, a law-school dropout who takes a job with a Sikh community association on to teach writing and English to a group of Punjabi widows living in London. When one of the modest Sikh widows brings in a book of erotica to the delight of the other members of the class, Nikki soon finds herself changing things up and teaching the class how to write their true stories of desire, as well as their fantasies. Soon though, Nikki finds herself embroiled in scandal for what she's teaching and gossiping about with the widows.
Jaswal, a Singaporean writer with roots in Punjab, India, has previously written about Punjabis and Sikhs in her previous novels Inheritance ($21, amazon.com) and Sugarbread. Witherspoon's choice of a book about the immigrant experience and these often-overlooked communities is an especially timely and exciting choice right now.
"This is a story about liberating women at every age, and empowering them to express their hopes, their dreams and what makes them feel good," Witherspoon said in her announcement on Instagram. "Most of all, it’s about how women across all generations can come together to change their community."