Acclaimed and award-winning author Samrat Upadhyay—the first
Nepali-born fiction writer writing in English to be published in the West—has
crafted a spare, understated work examining a taboo subject: a scorned wife’s
obsession with her husband’s illegitimate son.
When Didi discovers that her
husband, the Masterji, has been hiding his beautiful lover and their young son
Tarun in a nearby city, she takes the Masterji back into her grasp and expels
his second family. Tarun’s mother, heartsick and devastated, slowly begins to
lose her mind, and Tarun turns to Didi for the mothering he longs for. But as
Tarun gets older, Didi’s domination of the boy turns from the emotional to the
physical, and the damages she inflicts spiral outward, threatening to destroy
Tarun’s one chance at true happiness. Potent, disturbing, and gorgeously
stark in its execution, The City Son is a novel not soon
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