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Clear Light of Day

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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, ...

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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618074518
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 225,725
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    One of my faves

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2003

    A Very Touching Book

    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.

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