Winner of the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award
"Gorgeously tender at its core…beautiful, heartstopping…Family Life really blazes." —Sonali Deraniyagala, New York Times Book Review
We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family’s younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.
Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
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I think this novel will appeal mostly to those interested in reading about the experience of Indian immigrants to the US. Simple details really illuminate the story.
It is so dismaying to me that people who seem to finally get what they worked and dreamed for are ultimately unhappy
I really enjoyed this book, quick and easy to read. The story kept me interested to the very end. The Dad in the story dealed with the situation by drinking, the Mom by keeping the hopes alive so that left the younger son to deal with things on his own and he is quite young when the story begins. Their Indian culture is very complex and interesting. .
the most honest, most natural writer