Click below to hear an interview on CBC Radio's "Here and Now" program, Canada (April/09):
What people are saying about Shine, Coconut Moon . . .
KIRKUS: This straightforward and ultimately reassuring novel reads like an
older Sikh version of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and will
fill a niche in any school or library.
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY: Debut novelist Meminger raises complex questions of identity, but
avoids moralizing or spelling out answers for readers, who will likely
be hooked as Samar takes a second look at her relationships, boyfriend,
friends and family, while seeking a better understanding of herself.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
Meminger's debut book is a beautiful and sensitive portrait of a young
woman's journey from self-absorbed naivete to selfless, unified
KIRKUS: What made Jazz in Love most enjoyable . . . was the
narration, which reminded me a bit of Meg Cabot both in its humor and
how Jazz remained endearing even when you know she’s making a mistake.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
With a few simple sentences, Meminger reveals the complexity of
religious observance, how personal it is, with shades of gray. A lesser
book would have turned this into a didactic message...
Meminger offers a fascinating window into
Punjabi-American lives that also weaves in cultural information
seamlessly...Readers who share the cultural
background of the characters will recognize the generational divide
between traditional parents and children who have adopted the ways of
the new country, as well as the diverse experiences of an Indian
diaspora that includes England and the Caribbean.
What people are saying about Into The Wise Dark . . .
CANADIAN CHILDREN'S BOOK NEWS: Neesha Meminger’s third novel, Into the Wise Dark, is rich in languid
tones and emotional fragility, particularly when she’s describing
Pammi’s connection to Zanum and her boyfriend Dhan. Indeed, it is one
of the best sex scenes I’ve read in a long time, describing the passion,
fear, and all-encompassing joy of first love, without the clichés... [T]he
novel’s lyrical rhythms give the reader a sense of history, ancient
Goddess spirituality and the emotional turmoil of Pammi’s experience. Inspired
by South Asian mysticism and history...this rich tapestry of experience
[shows] the multicultural reality of our modern world.
THE ANGRY BLACK WOMAN BLOG: Meminger’s characters emerge as distinct, off-beat, charming
individuals, whose quirks move the story further and really show the
kind of world-building superhero YA is capable of.
BIBLIOPHILIA: Where Meminger succeeds is...in her characters, who
shatter every norm in the book and then some, and are kickass and
lovable besides... Meminger knows what makes teen girls tick, and she makes us believe it every step of the way.