Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Inheritance of Loss

by Kiran Desai

The time is 1986, and the place is India. In an old, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives a retired judge, his orphaned granddaughter, and the judge’s aged cook.

For the judge, life is about bitterness, but for Sai, his granddaughter, life is about love. That’s because she has a crush on her tutor. For the cook, life is about hope. His son, Biju, has moved to America to make a better life for himself.

For these three individuals, life has taken on a certain level of predictability. When an Indian-Nepali insurgency invades their village, our main characters are forced to confront the truth behind their lives and their views.

Engrossing, atmospheric, and, of course, sad. A worthy winner of the 2006 Man Booker Prize.


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