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									Suketu MehtaSuketu Mehta
When Suketu Mehta returned to Bombay, the city of his youth, he was confounded by the teeming, filthy, and yet sometimes alluringly exotic metropolis before him -- and captured this encounter in an arresting account, Maximum City.

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Fact File

Suketu Mehta
Current Home:
Brooklyn, New York
Place of Birth:
B.A., New York University; M.F.A. (Fiction), University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop
Whiting Writers’ Award, 1997; O. Henry Prize, 1998; New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellowship in Fiction, 1998

*  Suketu Mehta's official web site

2004 Discover Great New Writers Award Finalist

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								Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, Author: 
								Suketu Mehta.

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Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
by Suketu Mehta
“The gentle -- and genteel -- world of Mehta's remembered childhood no longer exists. Mumbai is overpowering, exhausting, violent and chaotic -- an unrelenting megalopolis…. Maximum City is narrative reporting at its finest," The New York Times raves of this 2004 Discover Great New Writers Award finalist.

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A Writer's Rituals

In our exclusive interview, we asked Mehta about his writing routine. "Like all writers, I vant to be alone," he reveals. "I drink coffee all through the morning when I’m writing, on an empty stomach. I understand Balzac did the same. Sometimes I like to write in the midnight hour, with a glass of wine; it’s a very different mood that enters the work then."

Reading Recommendations

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Life: A User's Manual
by Georges Perec, David Bellos (trans.)
We asked Mehta to tell us about some of his favorite books. He put Life: A User's Manual on his list, calling it "a dazzling crossword puzzle of a novel about the stories of the residents of an apartment building in Paris."

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								Midnight's Children, Author: 
								Salman Rushdie.

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Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie
Mehta also named Salman Rushdie's acclaimed Midnight's Children as a best-loved book. "For me, this was a revelation. This was my Bombay, and this was a new way to write in my language," he reflects. Read our interview to learn more about Mehta's reading recomendations, including:

*Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris  by A. J. Liebling
*Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories  by Joseph Mitchell
*The Soccer War  by Ryszard Kapuscinski
*Human Wishes  by Robert Hass
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