Author: Rohinton Mistry
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN/UPC (if available): 057120421X
An eagerly awaited third novel by famous Rohinton Mistry. This follows the success of his highly acclaimed A Fine Balance which won several major literary awards internationally. Both his previous novels were short listed for the Booker Prize.
Nariman Vakeel is a 79-year-old Parsi widower and the patriarch of a small discordant family. Beset by Parkinson's disease and haunted by memories of the past, he lives in a once-elegant apartment with his two middle-aged stepchildren - Coomy, bitter and domineering, and her brother, Jal, mild-mannered and acquiescent. When Nariman's illness is compounded by a broken ankle, Coomy plots to turn his round-the-clock care over to Roxana, her sweet-tempered sister.
She succeeds, but not without cost, and eventually Nariman takes up residence with Roxana, her husband, Yezad, and their two young sons. The effect of the new responsibility on Yezad, who is already besieged by financial worries, pushes him into a scheme of deception involving Vikram Kapur, his eccentric, often exasperating employer at Bombay Sporting Goods Emporium. This sets in motion a series of events - a great unraveling and a revelation of the family's love-torn past - that leads to the narrative's final outcome.