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    DescriptionRohinton Mistry' s enthralling novel is at once a domestic drama and an intently observed portrait of present-day Bombay in all its vitality and corruption. At the age of seventy-nine, Nariman Vakeel, already suffering from Parkinson' s disease, breaks an ankle and finds himself wholly dependent on his family. His step-children, Coomy and Jal, have a spacious apartment (in the inaptly named Chateau Felicity), but are too squeamish and resentful to tend to his physical needs. Nariman must now turn to his younger daughter, Roxana, her husband, Yezad, and their two sons, who share a small, crowded home. Their decision will test not only their material resources but, in surprising ways, all their tolerance, compassion, integrity, and faith. Sweeping and intimate, tragic and mirthful, Family Matters is a work of enormous emotional power.


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    Title
    Family Matters
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rohinton Mistry
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 431
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780375703423
    ISBN 10: 037570342X
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    DC21: 813.54
    BIC E4L: LIT
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    B&T Book Type: FI
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    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
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    LC classification: PR9199.3.M494 F36 2003
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    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    18 November 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay and now lives near Toronto. His first novel, Such a Long Journey," "received, among other awards, the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book of the Year. In 1995, A Fine Balance""won the second annual Giller Prize and, in 1996, the "Los Angeles Times "Book Prize for Fiction. Mistry is also the author of Swimming Lessons," "a collection of short stories.
    Review quote
    "Mistry harks back to the 19th-century novelists. . . . The reader is moved, even to tears." - John Updike, "The New Yorker" "[Mistry] needs no infusion of magical realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical." "- The New York Times ""Mistry . . . solidifies his standing as one of the world's finest authors . . . Come to [this book] with the anticipation or foreboding you'd bring to a letter from home. You'll be rewarded luxuriously." "- The Seattle Times" "Mistry [is] a giant of a writer. . . . [an] almost perfect example of the storyteller's art." "- Chicago Tribune" "Mistry writes with a patient attention to language, structure, and detail reminiscent of. . . .Tolstoy and Tagore... His greatest strength lies in depicting the human heart, in all its longing and imperfection, with unsentimental tenderness." -"San Francisco Chronicle" "Worthy of the 19th-century masters." -"Time" "Subtle and true . . . His evocation of the streets and sounds of jostling Bombay is almost painfully alive." -"New York Review of Books" "Rohinton Mistry is not a household name, but it should be. . . . he ought to be considered simply one of the best writers, Indian or otherwise, now alive. . . . Major writers differ from minor ones. . . in their ability to handle the big questions: death, family, the passing of time, the inevitability of loss, God or the corresponding God-shaped hole. Mistry handles all of them in an accomplished style entirely his own." -"The Atlantic" "Mistry's prose is expansive, generous to its characters and ample in story. . . . Frequently clear-eyed, courageous and deeply entertaining."-"The Oregonian " "As much a tribute to the spirit of Bombay as it is a portrait of domestic life in modern India. . . . Mistry's quiet sense of humor enlivens the story and makes it a delight to follow." -"Baltimore Sun ""Imagine a 19th-century realist sensibility probing the abiding m
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    Rohinton Mistry's enthralling novel is at once a domestic drama and an intently observed portrait of present-day Bombay in all its vitality and corruption. At the age of seventy-nine, Nariman Vakeel, already suffering from Parkinson's disease, breaks an ankle and finds himself wholly dependent on his family. His step-children, Coomy and Jal, have a spacious apartment (in the inaptly named Chateau Felicity), but are too squeamish and resentful to tend to his physical needs. Nariman must now turn to his younger daughter, Roxana, her husband, Yezad, and their two sons, who share a small, crowded home. Their decision will test not only their material resources but, in surprising ways, all their tolerance, compassion, integrity, and faith. Sweeping and intimate, tragic and mirthful, Family Matters is a work of enormous emotional power.