to read. A charming, wise and endearing first novel."
Sidhwa, Cracking India
intriguing and compelling,...weaving journeys of immigration and
conflict in America with tales from the India of yesterday."
Julie Cannon, Mater Biscuit
Traces the lives of three generations a complex family, from
India to the US. Through the lives of the grandfather, Rashid,
father, Bashir, and son, Tyab, the novel focuses on personal
identity while shedding light on issues of immigration and
Rashid remembers the old stories of his grandmother,
and observes that his own life is marked by change and
ambivalence, mirroring the transformation of Indian Christians
from a pampered elite to a second-class minority. Bashir's
childhood is animated by the birth of a baby rhino, a fight with
monkeys and his Aunt Cybil. Friendship's are the leitmotif of
his stories about a trip to the Himalayas.
He falls in love with
Sociology, but when his new world of ideas and analysis has a
rude awakening his father arranges his marriage. Bashir's wife
embraces an American lifestyle, and Bashir returns to India
alone. Tyab recalls his mother's partner, Sharon, and their move
from New York to Georgia. Tyab's world is anchored in many
uncertainties: his lack of affiliation to any cultures and the
hostilities his mother faces as a lesbian. He moves to
is Associate Professor in Grady College at the U. of Georgia. A
former journalist, he has been a consultant for News
Corporation, CNN International and the Discovery Channel. He is
the author of a collection of poems, A Road-Map for America, and
numerous scholarly publications. This is his first novel.
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