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 cooks
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 Sais new-sprung romance with her handsome tutor, their lives descend into chaos. The cook witnesses Indias hierarchy being overturned and discarded. The judge revisits his past and his role in Sai and Bijus intertwining lives.
Comment: Set in the mid-1980s in Kalimpong, high in the northeastern Himalayas (...
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