Author: Amit Chaudhuri
Publisher: Picador India
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0330351052
Amit Chaudhri's most haunting novel to date delineates with breathtaking delicacy the details of married lives - of an elderly couple entrenched in the unquestioning roles of their past and a modern marriage now sharply severed in two.
Joyojit's marriage has failed, his wife of eleven years is now living with her doctor. A year of divorce courts and Jayjot, a semi-successful writer and economist, has finally retrieved his son Bonny for his summer holidays. They are leaving their home in the American Midwest and going back to Calcutta, to his grandparents: the Admiral and his wife.
A New World watches Jayojit and his son as they share the dark, close flat with his parents while the city outside is blanketed in fierce summer heat. The streets vibrate with the sounds of car horns and the taped raags of wedding celebrations as Jayojit tries to write and remembers his married life in America.
Chaudhuri writes about India like no one else. - Robert McCrum, Observer
An immensely gifted writer. - New York Times Book Review
He celebrates the extraordinariness of the unknown Indian. - The Hindu