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Family Life

Family Life

Akhil Sharma
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It is the late 1970s. India has been wrenched by the Emergency. Ajay and Birju are taken by their parents to America so they can have a better life. In New York, their flat is tiny, the students at their school racist. The brothers forge ahead, pushed on by their ambitious parents. But then everything changes. Birju has an accident that leaves him brain-damaged, and the world around Ajay collapses. His father begins to drink, his mother takes to prayer, and it is Ajay who must now bear all the guilty weight of their love.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: May/2015

ISBN: 9780143422907

Length : 240 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

Family Life

Akhil Sharma

It is the late 1970s. India has been wrenched by the Emergency. Ajay and Birju are taken by their parents to America so they can have a better life. In New York, their flat is tiny, the students at their school racist. The brothers forge ahead, pushed on by their ambitious parents. But then everything changes. Birju has an accident that leaves him brain-damaged, and the world around Ajay collapses. His father begins to drink, his mother takes to prayer, and it is Ajay who must now bear all the guilty weight of their love.

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Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma is the author of the novel An Obedient Father, for which he won the 2001 PEN/Hemingway Award. He has also published stories in, among others, the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Best American Short Stories anthology. He lives in New York.

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