"Umrigar's debut unfolds raga-like, the histories of its people forming sustained riffs that spring from and return to the same source. The minimal plotting is at times contrived and sentimental, but the portrait of the city and its citizens is authoritative, richly textured, and engaging."
A first novel trains an unflinching eye on Indians at home and abroad. Set in contemporary Bombay, Umrigar's story is both a valentine to the past and a lament for the present of its title city.
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