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A Life of Adventure and Delight

A Life of Adventure and Delight

Akhil Sharma
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“Sharma’s sentences are simple, but what they add up to is so curious and complex”–David Sedaris

A young woman in an arranged marriage awakens one day, surprised to find herself in love with her husband. A retired divorcé tries to become the perfect partner by reading women’s magazines. A man’s long-standing contempt for his cousin suddenly shifts inward when he witnesses his cousin caring for a sick woman.
In this tender and darkly comic collection, the protagonists deceive themselves and engage in odd behaviors as they navigate how to be good, how to make meaningful relationships, and the strengths and pitfalls of self-interest. From a dazzlingly original, critically acclaimed writer, these stories–elegantly written and emotionally immediate–provide an intimate, honest assessment of human relationships between mothers and sons, sons and lovers, and husbands and wives.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Jul/2018

ISBN: 9780143444527

Length : 208 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

A Life of Adventure and Delight

Akhil Sharma

“Sharma’s sentences are simple, but what they add up to is so curious and complex”–David Sedaris

A young woman in an arranged marriage awakens one day, surprised to find herself in love with her husband. A retired divorcé tries to become the perfect partner by reading women’s magazines. A man’s long-standing contempt for his cousin suddenly shifts inward when he witnesses his cousin caring for a sick woman.
In this tender and darkly comic collection, the protagonists deceive themselves and engage in odd behaviors as they navigate how to be good, how to make meaningful relationships, and the strengths and pitfalls of self-interest. From a dazzlingly original, critically acclaimed writer, these stories–elegantly written and emotionally immediate–provide an intimate, honest assessment of human relationships between mothers and sons, sons and lovers, and husbands and wives.

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Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma was born in Delhi in India and emigrated to the USA in 1979. His stories have been published in the New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, and included in The Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize collections. His first book, An Obedient Father, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in 2001. He was named one of Granta's 'Best of Young American Novelists' in 2007. His second novel, Family Life, won the Folio Prize in 2015 and the International Dublin Literary Award in 2016. Sharma teaches at Rutgers University-Newark.

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Akhil Sharma’s new collection of short stories — A Life of Adventure and Delight, consolidates his reputation of a master storyteller with eight stories of the fragile human heart, told in a way that’s “as hypnotic as those found in the pages of Dostoyevsky”. Read More