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The Inheritance of Loss

By Kiran Desai

The Inheritance of Loss
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2006,
    336 pages.
    Paperback: Aug 2006,
    384 pages.

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Winner of the 2006 Booker Prize

From the book jacket: Published to extraordinary acclaim, The Inheritance of Loss heralds Kiran Desai as one of our most insightful novelists. She illuminates the pain of exile and the ambiguities of postcolonialism with a tapestry of colorful characters: an embittered old judge; Sai, his sixteen-year-old orphaned granddaughter; a chatty cook; and the cook’s son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one miserable New York restaurant to another, trying to stay a step ahead of the INS.

When a Nepalese insurgency in the mountains threatens Sai’s new-sprung romance with her handsome tutor, their lives descend into chaos. The cook witnesses India’s hierarchy being overturned and discarded. The judge revisits his past and his role in Sai and Biju’s intertwining lives.

Comment: Set in the mid-1980s in Kalimpong, high in the northeastern Himalayas (...

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