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Caryn JamesWe all live in the shadow of history, and the play of its lights and shades over individual lives is the stuff of historical fiction. In his sweepingly ambitious, captivating second novel, The Age of Shiva, Manil Suri creates a woman who is never an actor in the great events of India's post-independence decades but cannot escape their power to shape her…The novel would have been richer if Suri had infused it more deeply with the world-shaping changes that surround his heroine. He is not writing that kind of politicized fiction, though, and doesn't need to. In Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie has already created what may be the definitive—and is certainly the most richly imagined—novel of the Indian partition. Suri's contribution is to have invented a woman so vivid and individual that she reminds us, in her meandering connection to history, that no two people ever respond to its pull in the same way.
—The New York Times