The Rummy Club is a contemporary women's novel about the intertwined fates of four women from India. They met in their teen years at an all-girls boarding high school, nestled in the Himalayas. Now in their 40's, the lives of Mini, Divya, Alka, and Priya have brought each of them to the SF Bay Area. Sharing secrets since their teenage years, they reunite and gather weekly to play the Indianized version of rummy. The novel provides a snapshot of the Indian diaspora in the context of 21st-century America.
Now the friends' lives are all in crisis. Brilliant Alka's abandoned ambitions and her dissatisfying marriage have turned her into an obsessive Tiger Mother. Big-hearted Priya must face the truth about her collapsing marriage. Divya herself lies awake at night struggling with her envy of the comfortable stability her friends have already attained. And, in one unexpected moment, beautiful Mini suddenly becomes a widow and begins dating a white guy. When Alka's son meets with an accident and Divya's frustrated longing for the American Dream spills over into the rummy game, their once dependable world is torn apart. Will Alka's son make it? Will Alka and Divya repair their friendship? Will Priya's fledgling business and her blossoming relationship with a Hispanic hunk survive? Will Mini marry a WASP? Will the four friends ever play Rummy together again?