The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy: Book Review

Twenty years after winning the Man Booker Prize for her debut novel, Arundhati Roy returns to fiction with a sprawling tale of India, its people, and its politics in all its complex glory. … More The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy: Book Review

A Culture of Violence: The Association of Small Bombs, by Karan Mahajan: Book Review

The Association of Small Bombs begins with a sudden explosion in a Delhi marketplace in 1996. Two young brothers, Tushar and Nakul Khurana, are killed. Their friend Mansoor Ahmed survives. The novel then follows what happens over the next twenty years in order to show the ripple effect that this “small bomb” has. Tushar and … More A Culture of Violence: The Association of Small Bombs, by Karan Mahajan: Book Review

Book Review: The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, by Mira Jacob

I am instantly suspicious when dust jackets or book blurbs declare someone “the next …” The comparison rarely ever works, and usually only does the new author a disservice–establishing a comparison they just can’t hope to live up to. So you can imagine how my senses started twitching when I saw blurbs describing this book … More Book Review: The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, by Mira Jacob

Book Review: Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Ever since the publication of her mesmerizing, Pulitzer Prize winning debut collection, Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri has established herself as one of modern fiction’s most powerful voices. The stories in that collection showcased what was to become Lahiri’s trademark: acute psychological observations, eloquent writing, detailed descriptions, and a fiercely intelligent structure. As in poetry, … More Book Review: Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri