A work that will inevitably be compared to Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love [...] it traces the far-flung adventures of a thoughtful, soul-searching single woman from New York... In addition to reporting on life in India, Rich interviews linguists and other experts about just what happens inside your head when you learn another language. The transformation Rich undertakes isn't just spiritual or metaphorical but neurological.
New York Times
This gem of a book deserves to outshine Eat, Pray, Love ... As well as a memoir of spiritual recovery, the result amounts to the sharpest, clearest and most illuminating book about the challenge - and non-mystical magic - of language-learning any reader could want. Bursting with character, charm and comedy, her Rajasthani year of "life in translation" also delves genially into the linguistic mysteries of the mind.
Boyd Tonkin, Independent
A riveting memoir - the book illuminates the truth that when we learn a language, we learn an entire culture. One of the best foreign observers of contemporary India, Rich's gaze is witty, empathetic, and intimate.