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  • ISBN: 9781953534637
  • ISBN: 1953534635
  • Physical Description: 372 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House, [2023]

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"After living in the US for years, Maneka Roy returns home to India to mourn the loss of her mother and finds herself in a new world. The booming city of Hrishipur where her father now lives is nothing like the part of the country where she grew up, and the more she sees of this new, sparkling city, the more she learns that nothing--and no one--here is as it appears. Ultimately, it will take an unexpected tragic event for Maneka and those around her to finally understand just how fragile life is in this city built on aspirations. Written from the perspectives of ten different characters, Oindrila Mukherjee's incisive debut novel explores class divisions, gender roles, and stories of survival within a society that is constantly changing and becoming increasingly Americanized. It's a story about India today, and people impacted by globalization everywhere: a tale of ambition, longing, and bitter loss that asks what it really costs to try and build a dream"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 November #2
    Contemporary India is difficult to capture neatly, but Maneka, a U.S.-based professor returning to her native country after the death of her mother, is determined to try. She arrives in the fictional and beguiling city of Hrishipur, with its frenetic pace, ritzy jet-setting residents, and people attempting to find a foothold. Looming in the background is Trump Towers, an apartment complex for which developers have managed to oil the bureaucratic machinery in order to proceed to near-completion. Mukherjee propels the plot forward through ten voices from different strata of society, including Maneka; her glamorous and rich friend, Ramona; Ramona's husband, Salil; a masseuse, Pinky; and a sly electrician, Gopal. Most have some tenuous connection to the building project. This vibrant chorus sets the stage for an epic story, which the novel capably delivers. Yet the characters lack room for growth; the lifestyles of the rich and famous feel especially anodyne. The seething discontent among the working classes, however, finds fluid expression as the drama picks up steam. All told, a promising first novel. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Social classes > Fiction.
India > Social conditions > 21st century > Fiction.
Mothers > Death > Fiction.
Genre: Novels.
Domestic fiction.

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