Good Girls Marry Doctors
Piyali Bhattacharya ’07 was at dinner, listening to her friends—all Asian women—talk about their families, and the words she heard over and over were obedience and rebellion.
As she listened, Bhattacharya, writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, hatched an idea—and a title—for Good Girls Marry Doctors, an anthology of stories from South Asian women.
Collectively, the voices reveal how a “good girl” is trained to achieve professional success while maintaining the family’s cultural heritage. Gratitude for the sacrifices her immigrant parents have made creates pressure to be the “perfect daughter,” but the demand for perfection can make it difficult to construct her own identity.
Bhattacharya hit a nerve: her book sold out on the first day it appeared on Amazon, got coverage in Huffington Post, NBC News, Elle, and Vogue India, and is being touted on Twitter and Facebook—hashtag #GoodGirlsMarryDoctors. (Aunt Lute Books, 2016