First published by a small press in India, Jerry Pinto’s
devastatingly original debut novel has already taken the literary world by
storm. Suffused with compassion, humor, and hard-won wisdom, Em and the Big
Hoom is a modern masterpiece, and its American publication is certain to be
one of the major literary events of the season.
Meet Imelda and Augustine, or—as our young narrator calls
his unusual parents—Em and the Big Hoom. Most of the time, Em smokes
endless beedies and sings her way through life. She is the sun around
which everyone else orbits. But as enchanting and high-spirited as she can be,
when Em’s bipolar disorder seizes her she becomes monstrous, sometimes with
calamitous consequences for herself and others. This accomplished debut is
graceful and urgent, with a one-of-a-kind voice that will stay with readers
long after the last page. Download and start listening now!