Family Life

Family Life

Large Print - 2014
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Ajay, eight years old, spends his afternoons playing cricket in the streets of Delhi with his brother Birju, four years older. They are about to leave for shiny new life in America. Ajay anticipates, breathlessly, a world of jet-packs and chewing-gum. This promised land of impossible riches and dazzling new technology is also a land that views Ajay with suspicion and hostility; one where he must rely on his big brother to tackle classroom bullies. Birju, confident, popular, is the repository of the family's hopes, and he spends every waking minute studying for the exams that will mean entry to the Bronx High School of Science, and reflected glory for them all. When a terrible accident makes a mockery of that dream, the family splinters. The boys' mother restlessly seeks the help of pundits from the temple, while their father retreats into silent despair -- and the bottle. Now Ajay must find the strength of character to navigate this brave new American world, and the sorrows at home, on his own terms.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thorndike Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781410470874
1410470873
Branch Call Number: SHARM
Characteristics: 263 p. ; 22 cm.

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blue_41
Apr 10, 2018

This short novel is a sensitive and thoughtful account of the narrator's growing up in difficult circumstances after his family immigrates from India. The descriptions of anger, shame, care and love are strong and pointed.

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mclarjh
May 21, 2017

Great writing.

ArapahoeAnnaL May 14, 2017

Beautifully written; "compassionate but unflinching" (NYT Book Review)

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BPLfaith
Jan 05, 2016

Started reading and didn't have time to finish, couldn't concentrate, medical problems.
Jan 2016

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empbee
Oct 19, 2015

A very sad book without intending you to feel pity. There are also a hidden moral issues not directly exposed. It is a good book for discussion groups.

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January1545
Jun 21, 2015

This is a fascinating book, and very well-written, but not something to read if you are depressed.

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ktallent
Mar 10, 2015

Somber but sweet novel about a boy dealing with a family crisis. Several crises, actually.

Written in a simple straight forward style, Family Life is deceptive. There is much more lurking beneath the simple prose.

And that last line, I'm still working my way through it.

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brangwinn
Mar 02, 2015

I read this book in one day. The writing was so powerful and poignant in the story of Ajay, who was born in Delhi, India, but grew up in America, that I was drawn into his life as he struggled to make a place for himself. A father who was a drunk, an older brother who required round the clock care for the rest of his life after a near drowning, a mother who took care of his invalid brother and an American culture that was so different that what his Indian heritage expected of him caused a lot of sadness as well as humor, particularly as he searched for girlfriends in high school. I was just as impressed with this book as I was with Sharma’s An Obedient Father.

multcolib_darceem Nov 28, 2014

Family life is an excruciatingly honest book. It’s insightful, funny and messy. It’s tragic and hard to pull away from. It’s a lot like family.

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uncommonreader
Oct 12, 2014

This book has an interesting style and technique - the voice of the child narrating the story flattens it out - and it has a strong impact on the reader. It is about many things - the immigrant experience, the American dream, devastation and loneliness.

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Jun 21, 2015

January1545 thinks this title is suitable for 19 years and over

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