By Arundhati Roy
The author of The God of all Small Things is a consummate story teller. Her newest novel takes us on a journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent – from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond.
It is a love story laced with Roy’s passionate polemics that center on the inequalities and injustices of her country. The scattershot narrative includes the stories of many – a trans woman from Delhi; a man from an untouchable background passing himself off as a Muslim; a resistance fighter in Kashmir - stories that reflect the fragmentation of this world.
Although this can become unwieldy at times, stick with this novel, there are lasting rewards in Roy’s ability to create a bright mosaic out of lives lived in the upheaval of an Indian-Pakistan world.
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