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Family Life

Akhil Sharma

Heart-wrenching and darkly comic, this Folio Prize-winning novel from the author of An Obedient Father is the beautifully told story of a boy torn between duty and survival.

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£7.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571224548
Date Published
02.04.2015
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Summary

WINNER OF THE 2016 INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD
WINNER OF THE FOLIO PRIZE 2015

For eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju, life in Dehli in the late 1970s follows a comfortable, predictable routine: bathing on the roof, queuing for milk, playing cricket in the street. Yet, everything changes when their father finds a job in America – a land of carpets and elevators, swimsuits and hot water on tap. Life is exciting for the two brothers as they adjust to prosperity, girls and 24-hour TV, until one hot, sultry day when everything falls apart.

Darkly comic, Family Life is a story of a boy torn between duty and survival amid the ruins of everything he once knew.

Critic Reviews

In his outstanding follow up to An Obedient Father, Akhil Sharma writes the book on love, duty, family and what it means to become American. Every page is alive and surprising. Proof of his huge, unique talent.

David Sedaris
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Deeply unnerving and gorgeously tender at its core.

Sonali Deraniyagala, New York Times Book Review
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Sharma's plain style, its gaps and fissures and mighty sense of lack, is both proof of the inability of words to render grief and a demonstration that they can do exactly that. Family Life breaks all those rules to do with writing fiction: Sharma's simple words tell in order that they might show.

Kirsty Gunn, Guardian
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A huge achievement.

Fiammetta Rocco, The Economist
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To use expressions like 'extraordinarily moving' or 'brilliantly observed' to describe this book is to do it a disservice, because here is a novel that seems to call for its own language of praise. Maybe it's enough to say that Akhil Sharma's Family Life is an immigrant story like no other: funny and dark, unrelenting and, above all, true - in the pure way that only the rarest novel can achieve.

Nell Freudenberger
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[A] delicate and often moving work of palliative poetics.

Sukhdev Sandhu, The Observer
AkhilSharma

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…

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