by Akhil Sharma - £7.99 Faber & Faber (2015)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780571224548 | ISBN 10: 0571224547
For eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju, life in Delhi in the late 1970s follows a comfortable, predictable routine: bathing on the roof, queuing for milk, playing cricket in the street. Yet, everything changes when their father finds a job in America - a land of carpets and elevators, swimsuits and hot water on tap. Life is exciting for the two brothers as they adjust to prosperity, girls and 24-hour TV, until one hot, sultry day when everything falls apart.
Darkly comic, Family Life is a story of a boy torn between duty and survival amid the ruins of everything he once knew.
Shortlisted for the Folio Prize 2015.
(Price & availability last checked: April 2015)
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