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Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Anita Desai ruminates on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life's expectations and its realities in three perfectly etched novellas. Set in India in the not-too-distant past, the dramas illuminate the ways in which Indian culture can nourish or suffocate. All are served up with Desai's characteristic perspicuity, subtle humor, and sensitive writing. Overwhelmed by their own lack of purpose, the men and women who populate these tales set out on unexpected journeys that present them with a fresh sense of hope and opportunity. Like flies in a spider's web, however, they cannot escape their surroundings - as none of us can. An impeccable craftsman, Desai elegantly reveals our human frailties and the power of place.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This collection leaves an indelible impression of the conflicts and ambitions found in a region riddled with conflict.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Poignant and wry…A deft exploration of the limits people place on themselves by trying to cling to the past.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In three ensnaring novellas of consummate artistry and profoundly disquieting perceptions, master storyteller Desai reflects on the transforming power and devastating limitations of art…Desai’s provocative and mysterious tales of displacement trace the reverberations when the dream of art collides with crushing reality.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[Desai] proves you can go home again…Stirring.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Eloquent and understated…[Desai’s prose is] distinguished by its sober, often bracing prose, its patient eye for all-telling detail, and its humane but penetrating intelligence.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Deceptively subtle, slightly surreal, and profoundly insightful fiction of a world-class writer…These evocative stories about art and culture are sewn deeply into the fraying fabric of modern-day India. The only thing little about this book is its size.”

    Washington Post

  • “Quiet, meticulous, unflinching meditations on the trajectories of three contemporary lives, and on the Indian cultures and landscapes that helped shape them.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
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About the Author
Author Anita Desai

Anita Desai is the author of Fasting, Feasting, Baumgartner’s Bombay, Clear Light of Day, and Diamond Dust, among other works. Three of her books have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She was born and educated in India and now lives in the New York City area.