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Clear Light of Day
     

Clear Light of Day

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by Anita Desai
 

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Set in India's Old Delhi, CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY is Anita Desai's tender, warm, and compassionate novel about family scars, the ability to forgive and forget, and the trials and tribulations of familial love. At the novel's heart are the moving relationships between the members of the Das family, who have grown apart from each other. Bimla is a dissatisfied but

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Set in India's Old Delhi, CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY is Anita Desai's tender, warm, and compassionate novel about family scars, the ability to forgive and forget, and the trials and tribulations of familial love. At the novel's heart are the moving relationships between the members of the Das family, who have grown apart from each other. Bimla is a dissatisfied but ambitious teacher at a women's college who lives in her childhood home, where she cares for her mentally challenged brother, Baba. Tara is her younger, unambitious, estranged sister, married and with children of her own. Raja is their popular, brilliant, and successful brother. When Tara returns for a visit with Bimla and Baba, old memories and tensions resurface and blend into a domestic drama that is intensely beautiful and leads to profound self-understanding.

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“A wonderful novel about silence and music, about the partition of a family as well as a nation.”

The New York Times

“A rich, Chekhovian novel by one of the most gifted of contemporary Indian writers.”

The New Yorker

Anne Tyler
"'Clear Light of Day' does what only the very best novels can do: it totally submerges us. It takes us so deeply into another world that we almost fear we won't be able to climb out again." -- The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618074518
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
345,611
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.49(d)

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From the Publisher
“A wonderful novel about silence and music, about the partition of a family as well as a nation.”

The New York Times

“A rich, Chekhovian novel by one of the most gifted of contemporary Indian writers.”

The New Yorker

Meet the Author


ANITA DESAI is the author of Fasting, Feasting, Baumgartner’s Bombay, Clear Light of Day, and Diamond Dust, among other works. Three of her books have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Desai was born and educated in India and now lives in the New York City area.

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Clear Light of Day 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in college and absolutely fell in love with it. I have read it a million times. I wish I could find a really nice hardback version to keep for my collection! I highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We read this book in school and I totally fell in love with it. Even though it might be hard to understand for some people the author has such beautiful writing it takes your breath away.