UNDER THE LEMON TREE, by Bhira Backhaus

In Oak Grove, California 1976, 15-year-old, first-generation Punjabi-American, Jeeto, is trying figure out how to find love and discover a true home while navigating traditions, family and faith. Alternating between Jeeto’s story is her Uncle Avtar’s tale of coming to California in the 40s, this beautifully written novel underscores that whether 60 years ago, 30 years ago or today, the search for a place in the world drives us all, and that the journey is what truly shapes us. (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, Fall 2008)