Family Life

Family Life  (English, Hardcover, Akhil Sharma)

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Highlights
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India
  • ISBN: 9780670087457, 0670087459
  • Edition: 2014
  • Pages: 240
Description

Family Life is a contemporary novel by Akhil Sharma which tells the story of an Indian family which migrates to the US only to find tragedy and loss.

Summary of the Book

When Mr. Mishra summons his familyto live with him in the United States, he presumes he's moving to a better life and taking them along. After all, he thinks, what is America but a land of ultimate promise and hope with its clear roads and glass buildings? When his family arrives there, they are hit by peril and risk instantly. While their younger son, Ajay, struggles to mix in with the hwite kids at school, their elder son Birju prepares for a prestigious examination for admission into one of the best schools around, his success marred by the accident which leaves him brain-damaged. Ajay is forced to cope with the ambitions and expectations of both parents now, as his mother slowly withdraws as she cares for Birju and his father turns into an alcoholic. Strongly autobiographical in this account, this book shows readers how one family's dream is very mismatched as it tries to find a place in the American Dream.

About Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma is an Indian-American writer best known for An Obedient Father and his short story Cosmopolitan.

A graduate of Princeton University, where he studied Public Policy, Sharma won a Stegner Fellowship to the writing program at Stanford, and won several O. Henry Prizes.

He won the 2001 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2001 Whiting Writers' Award for An Obedient Father, and Cosmopolitan was adapted into an acclaimed 2003 film of the same name.

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  • Hamish Hamilton
Publication Year
  • 2014 May
Book Type
  • Fiction Book
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  • Akhil Sharma
Ratings & Reviews
3.8
23 Ratings &
4 Reviews
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Beautiful narrative!

The writer writes so well from the eyes of a child, till he is an adult. For me who has migrated from Hindi to english only a couple of year back, the english was very easy to understand ( I didn't have to refer to a dictionary for difficult words). English even easier than Vikram seth or Jhumpa Lahiri.

The description specially when he is a child are so apt and straight from the heart. The characters are well etched, and you feel a part of his sadness and triumphs! The narration is lucid. ...
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Jyoti Joshi

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2 Feb, 2015

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Family life.

The book was good.I would have liked the ending to not have been so abrupt. Akhil Sharma finished off his adulthood in a very hurried way. Would love to have read more about how his parents coped after he grew up and his brother expired.
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gagan

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15 Sep, 2014

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A saga of despair, tenderness and a hole in the heart

This is an interesting book fit for a lazy weekend. In this book the protagonist Ajay Mishra talks about his life, hopes, dreams and his family. His father is ambitious and wants to emigrate to America. But then the tragedy strikes.

Akhil Sharma has succeeded in making it a sensitive yet light read that is both poignant and really funny at times. We can certainly empathise with the Mishras and relate to their conflicts.

Easy read. Likable characters. Overall, an interesting book.
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Priyanka G

18 May, 2014

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a good weekend read

the writing is excellent though i did get bore at different points during the story......anyone will empathize with the characters. i read it in two sittings . i wanted to know what happened to birju but the story came to a sudden end. so anyone having 3-4 spare hours in the weekend can opt for it. thank you.
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vivek

8 Apr, 2015

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