The Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss

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By (author) Kiran Desai

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  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Format: Paperback | 357 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 28mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802142818
  • ISBN 13: 9780802142818
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 86,757

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Kiran Desai's first novel, "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard," was published to unanimous acclaim in over twenty-two countries. Now Desai takes us to the northeastern Himalayas where a rising insurgency challenges the old way of life. In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge who wants to retire in peace when his orphaned granddaughter Sai arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, hopscotching from one New York restaurant job to another, trying to stay a step ahead of the INS, forced to consider his country's place in the world. When a Nepalese insurgency in the mountains threatens Sai's new-sprung romance with her handsome Nepali tutor and causes their lives to descend into chaos, they, too, are forced to confront their colliding interests. The nation fights itself. The cook witnesses the hierarchy being overturned and discarded. The judge must revisit his past, his own role in this grasping world of conflicting desires-every moment holding out the possibility for hope or betrayal. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2006 "If book reviews just cut to the chase, this one would simply read: This is a terrific novel! Read it!" -Ann Harleman, "The Boston Globe" "One of the most impressive novels in English of the past year, and I predict you'll read it...with your heart in your chest, inside the narrative, and the narrative inside you." -Alan Cheuse, "Chicago Tribune" "[An] extraordinary new novel...lit by a moral intelligence at once fierce and tender." -Pankaj Mishra, front-cover review in "The New York Times Book Review" "If God is in the details, Ms. Desai has written a holy book. Page after page, from Harlem to the Himalayas, she captures the terror and exhilaration of being alive in the world." -Gary Shteyngart, author of "Absurdistan" "It's a clash of civilizations, even empires . . . The idea of an old empire, the British one collides against the nouveaux riche American one. The story ricochets between the two worlds, held together by Desai's sharp eyes and even sharper tongue. . . . This is a . . . substantial meal, taking on heavier issues of land and belonging, home and exile, poverty and privilege, and love and the longing for it." --Sandip Roy, "San Francisco Chronicle" (front page review) "Briskly paced and sumptuously written, the novel ponders questions of nationhood, modernity, and class, in ways both moving and revelatory." --"The New Yorker" "Editor's Choice ... Kiran Desai writes beautifully about powerless people as they tangle with the modern world and in so doing she casts her own powerful spell." --Elizabeth Taylor, "Chicago Tribune" "An endearing view of globalisation . . . The Inheritance of Loss is a book about tradition and modernity, the past and the future-and about the surprising ways both amusing and sorrowful, in which they all connect. . . . A wide variety of readers should enjoy." --Boyd Tonkin, "The Independent" (London) "Impressive . . . a big novel