Family Life (2014) 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… 2014-04-07 Fiction W. W. Norton & Company
Book Review

Family Life (2014)

FAMILY LIFE Akhil Sharma
FAMILY LIFE Akhil Sharma
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Apr 07, 2014; Writer: Akhil Sharma; Genre: Fiction; 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-

Originally posted Apr 02, 2014 Published in issue #1306 Apr 11, 2014 Order article reprints