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Family LifeThere's something universal about so-called ''immigrant novels,'' but as Akhil Sharma demonstrates in Family Life, every immigrant family...Family LifeFictionThere's something universal about so-called ''immigrant novels,'' but as Akhil Sharma demonstrates in Family Life, every immigrant family...2014-04-04W. W. Norton & Company
FAMILY LIFE Akhil Sharma

FAMILY LIFE Akhil Sharma

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Family Life

Genre: Fiction; Author: Akhil Sharma; Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

There’s something universal about so-called ”immigrant novels,” but as Akhil Sharma demonstrates in Family Life, every immigrant family struggles with displacement and assimilation in its own deeply specific way. The Mishras’ younger son, Ajay, narrates the story of his family’s move from Delhi to New York City, which takes a tragic turn when an accident leaves his older brother, Birju — the golden child — brain-dead. Sharma spent 13 years writing this slim novel, and the effort shows in each lucid sentence and heartbreaking detail. A-

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