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A Life of Adventure and Delight

A Life of Adventure and Delight

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ISBN
9780571326310
Published
17/08/2017
9780571326310
Format
Paperback
Price
£12.99
Paperback
208

About the Book

Late one June afternoon, seven months after my wedding, I woke from a short, deep sleep, in love with my husband.

Whether describing the tensions of an arranged marriage, the trauma of having an alcoholic mother, or the petty corruption of an Indian neighbourhood, Akhil Sharma’s stories always expose the cultural collisions – the paradoxes, ironies, and harmonies – that characterise modern life. What does it mean to be foreign? And can you find a home in exile?

In these elegant, unsparing and unusually intimate stories – five of which were first published in the New Yorker – the Folio Prize-winning author explores these questions with disarming honesty. Marrying the minimalism of Chekhov and Carver with an unparalleled flair for dark comedy, A Life of Adventure and Delight is a book of wisdom, wonder and poignant reflection from a writer courageous enough to explore the darkening margins of the psyche.

Late one June afternoon, seven months after my wedding, I woke from a short, deep sleep, in love with my husband.Whether describing the tensions of an arranged marriage, the trauma of having an alcoholic mother, or the petty corruption of an Indian neighbourhood, Akhil Sharma’s stories always expose the cultural collisions – the paradoxes, ironies, and harmonies – that characterise modern life. What does it mean to be foreign? And can you find a home in exile? In these elegant, unsparing and unusually intimate stories – five of which were first published in the New Yorker – the Folio Prize-winning author explores these questions with disarming honesty. Marrying the minimalism of Chekhov and Carver with an unparalleled flair for dark comedy, A Life of Adventure and Delight is a book of wisdom, wonder and poignant reflection from a writer courageous enough to explore the darkening margins of the psyche.
  • Akhil Sharma

    Akhil Sharma was born in Delhi in India and emigrated to the USA in 1979. His stories have been published in the New Yorker and in Atlantic Monthly, and have been included in The Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Collections. His first novel, An Obedient Father, won the 2001 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. He was named one of Granta's 'Best of Young American Novelists' in 2007. His second novel, Family Life, won The 2015 Folio Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award 2016. Sharma is currently a Fellow at The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

“These beautiful, funny, intelligent short stories are told with such apparent simplicity ... The simplicity is Sharma’s effort to get past all the temptations of falsity, of false style and ready-made ideas. His writing shines its clean light, never mercilessly or voyeuristically, on these characters winding round and round inside the muddled opacity of their lives and their thoughts. They, as well as the writer, struggle for the truth ... Yet their vision is comic too, in the broadest, Chekhovian sense: robust and warm and ironic, not overwrought. The genius lies in the detail, in the gritty comical solidity of real things.”
- Tessa Hadley, The Guardian
“This slippery tone - at once amused and critical, resigned and outraged - infuses each of these eight haunting, revelatory stories ... bracingly direct, unassuming language ... boldly forthright and probing, [he] brings a keen cultural awareness to each of these stories ... It's a testament to the author's sensitive eye for human foibles that these characters are not only palatable but relatable, and this feat of empathy makes the implicit critique sting even more ... Perceptive, humane and pointed ...”
- Adrian Tomine, New York Times Book Review

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