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Whole lives come into focus in this rich and diverse collection, as Desai trains her luminous spotlight on private universes from India to Canada and New England, from Cornwall to Mexico. Her protagonists set out on journeys and find themselves suddenly beyond the pale, or surprisingly back where they started from. Caught up in cycles of hope and disappointment, their lives are ruled by the seasons, or straitjacketed by the conventions of hospitality, friendship and family. In the title story, a beloved dog, black as Satan, brings nothing but disaster; in another, a business man away from home sees his own death; and elsewhere, old relationships stir up buried resentments, issues demand commitment - or escape. And in the final quiet masterpiece, one of Delhi's girls of slender means finds a kind of joy and freedom in a strange rooftop community.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099289647
ISBN-10: 0099289644
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 130mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Anita Desai

Anita Desai was born and educated in India. Her novels "Fasting, Feasting," "Clear Light of Day" and" In Custody," were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize. "In Custody" was filmed by Merchant Ivory Productions. Anita Desai is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as a Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. She teaches in the Writing Program at MIT and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. She divides her time between India, Massachusetts, and England.

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