Leela's Book : A Novel
Bold and entertaining, Leela's Book weaves a tale of contemporary Delhi that crosses religious and social boundaries. Leela-alluring, taciturn, haunted-is moving from New York back to Delhi, where her return will unsettle precariously balanced lives. Twenty-five years earlier, her sister was seduced by the egotistical Vyasa. Now an eminent Sanskrit scholar, Vyasa is preparing for his son's marriage. But when Leela arrives, she disrupts the careful choreography of the wedding, with its myriad attendees and their conflicting desires. Gleefully presiding over the drama is Ganesh-divine, -elephant-headed scribe of the Mahabharata, India's great epic. The family may think they have arranged the wedding for their own selfish ends, but according to Ganesh it is he who is directing events-in a bid to save Leela, his beloved heroine, from Vyasa.
- Hardback | 432 pages
- 165.1 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 589.67g
- 09 Mar 2012
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
"Leela's Book is a stimulating novel in which Albinia skilfully manages an intricate plot and an enormous, diverse cast of characters. Her immense historical acumen and sophisticated sense of culture have enabled her to craft a powerful tale." -- The Guardian "Bold, playful, smart and lively." -- Time Out "A talent to watch." -- Daily Mail "This is steeped in the tradition of the Indian epic, yet modern and vastly entertaining." -- The Times "A bold and delightful novel, executed with energy and flair... Albinia has pulled off the remarkable trick of melding a story about modern family ties with a timeless tale about gods and avatars. Leela's Book is as much a meditation on tensions between brothers and sisters, or between parents and their children, as it is a rumination on the nature of storytelling... The result is magnificent." -- Financial Times Weekend
About Alice Albinia
Alice Albinia's honors include a Somerset Maugham Award, the Royal Society of Literature / Jerwood Prize, and the Dolman Travel Prize 2009. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, the Financial Times, and elsewhere. She lives in England.