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Family Life By Akhil Sharma

 

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This book is shortlisted for the Folio Prize 2015. For eight-year-old Ajay Mishra and his older brother Birju, family life in Delhi in the late 1970s follows a comfortable, predictable routine: bathing on the roof, queuing for milk, playing day-long games of cricket in the street. Everything changes when their father finds a job in America - a land of carpets and elevators, swimsuits and hot water - and the Mishras, envy of their neighbourhood back home, become the latest unknowns in the vast expanse of New York. Life in America is extraordinary, and as snows and summers come and go the brothers adjust to their exciting new world of prosperity, girls and 24-hour TV. But then comes the hot, sultry day when everything falls apart: tragedy turns the Mishras' American dream into a living nightmare and young Ajay finds himself lost and virtually orphaned in a land that is not his own.

Publisher: FABER & FABER
Format: Paperback | 224 pages
Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm
Publication date: 2 April 2015
Publication City/Country: London
ISBN 10: 0571224547
ISBN 13: 9780571224548
Sales rank: 50,201