Book Of The Day – The Leaving Of Things

by Ron on May 29, 2014

Today’s Book of the Day is a Literary Fiction novel by award-winning author Jay Antani and it’s 67% off for a limited time. The Leaving of Things has a 4.7 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2!

“Beautiful portrayal of the plight of the immigrant who feels forever torn between two worlds each with its own riches and faults.” Sam – Amazon Reviewer

The Leaving of Things
by Jay Antani
Rating: 4.7 Stars
Genre: Literary Fiction
Price: $0.99 save $2


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Vikram is not your model Indian-American teenager. Growing up in late 1980s Wisconsin, he is rebellious, adrift, and resentful of his Indian roots. But a disastrously drunken weekend becomes a one-way ticket back to the homeland for Vikram after his outraged parents decide to pack up the family and return to India.

So begins a profound journey of culture shock, loneliness, and self-discovery as Vikram–navigating the chaos of daily Indian life and the antiquated social rules of his college–finds the confidence to explore his own creativity, reconnect with his family, and meet unforgettable new friends. Most of all, he discovers that India is his soul … but America is his heart, the land of his destiny, leading to a once-in-a-lifetime test of courage as he sets out to chart a bold new course for his future.

“The Leaving of Things” won the Multicultural Fiction category of the 2014 International Book Awards

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

The imagery, descriptions, and elegance with which he handles the landscape are really incredible. Not to mention the great characters and plot twists. I’ll definitely be recommending this to friends! Great summer read!


India becomes quite real in the very first pages of the novel. A well written exploration of understanding heritage and history and how it impacts who we are and what we become and what we value. A particularly American issue, but one shared by all human beings.


The Leaving of Things is so rich in character and place description that once you’ve put it down, it’s hard to get a hold of your surroundings again. This book offers an incredible journey to a time and place you don’t encounter every day. Here’s to hoping for a sequel.


Antani keeps the reader thoroughly engaged in the lives of all the characters he writes about whether it was through letters from friends in WI, interactions with new friends in India, and of course, through Vikram, the main character, as he goes through his journey as a kid from WI to a young man adjusting and figuring out life in India.


Antani’s writing drew me in and held my interest from the very beginning all the way through to the story’s end. Beautifully drawn characters paint a vivid picture that will entertain and enlighten even those who might never have considered the subject matter. Looking forward to this author’s next book.

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About The Author

Jay Antani is a Los Angeles-based film journalist, fiction writer and graphic novelist. While he has honed his professional skills and talents in the worlds of publishing and brand marketing, one of Jay’s primary inspirations as a creative writer continue to be his childhood growing up in his birthplace, India, and in various towns and cities across America. Much of Jay’s fiction is mined from his 70’s and 80’s childhood and adolescent memories of struggling to find balance between dueling cultural identities. His first novel, The Leaving of Things is, in fact, a fictionalized record of his nearly two-year stay in India following high school in the late 80’s, a journey of profound culture shock and self-discovery.

After finishing his B.A. in English and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Jay made for L.A. where he worked as a storyboard artist for film and television projects, script reader and film preservationist at AMPAS, all while pursuing his primary passion: writing. Credentialed as a film journalist with the MPAA, Jay’s film criticism has appeared in numerous online and print outlets, including Boxoffice Magazine, Slant Magazine, and Paste Magazine. In 2008, he completed his first graphic novel, The Mysterians – a sci-fi fantasy about teenagers saving the Earth from an alien invasion – published by TokyoPop. Meanwhile, seeking greater focus on his fiction, Jay enrolled in the Master’s writing program at the University of Southern California, where he studied under Janet Fitch, Gina Nahai and Rita Williams and where The Leaving of Things was born.

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