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A Suitable Boy: A Novel

A Suitable Boy: A Novel

by Vikram Seth
A Suitable Boy: A Novel

A Suitable Boy: A Novel

by Vikram Seth


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Now a television series on Acorn TV, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair

“Surrender to this strange, beguiling world and be swept away on the wings of story. . . . It is difficult to imagine that many contemporary writers could give us a novel that provides so much deep satisfaction.” —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multiethnic society in flux, A Suitable Boy tells the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love, ambition, humor, sadness, prejudice, reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette, and the most appalling violence.

Vikram Seth’s novel is, at its core, a love story: the tale of Lata’s—and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra’s—attempts to find a suitable boy for Lata, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal. Set in the early 1950s in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, this compelling story takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves. 

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ISBN-13: 9780060786526
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/04/2005
Series: Perennial Classics
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 1488
Sales rank: 74,086
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 2.38(d)

About the Author

Vikram Seth has written acclaimed books in several genres: verse novel, The Golden Gate; travel book, From Heaven Lake; animal fables, Beastly Tales; epic fiction, A Suitable Boy. His most recent novel, An Equal Music, was published in 1999. He lives in England and India.


Delhi, India; and Salisbury, England

Date of Birth:

June 20, 1952

Place of Birth:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India


B.A., Oxford University, 1975; M.A., Stanford University, MA 1978; Nanjing University Diploma, 1982

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