Search Results: "Anita Desai"


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THE ARTIST OF DISAPPEARANCE by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A deft exploration of the limits people place on themselves by trying to cling to the past."
The three protagonists in this trio of novellas struggle with fulfilling their desires while life in modern India speeds past them. Read full book review >

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THE ZIGZAG WAY by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"Sensitive proof that understanding lies as much in the details as in the broad strokes."
Again, Desai explores cultural fault lines as she describes a young American's experiences in Mexico. Read full book review >

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DIAMOND DUST by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2000

"A quiet but deeply satisfying collection from the distinguished author and Booker finalist (i>Fasting, Feasting, not reviewed, etc.)."
Nine short fictions luminously detailing events that lead characters to irrevocably cross the invisible line separating their pasts from new experiences, new insights, even new existences. Read full book review >

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JOURNEY TO ITHACA by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A splendidly nuanced evocation, never credulous or dismissive of those impelled to go on pilgrimage: Pilgrim's Progress updated and uprooted, but still as compelling."
With just the right blend of empathy and intelligence, Desai (Baumgartner's Bombay, 1989) explores the West's long fascination with Indian spirituality via the story of a European couple who, like so many in the '70s, sought enlightenment in the subcontinent. Read full book review >

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BAUMGARTNER'S BOMBAY by Anita Desai
Released: March 15, 1989

In her ninth novel, Indian writer Desai (Clear Light of Day, In Custody), whose mother was German and father Indian, explores the troubled life of a German Jew who flees the Holocaust by going to India. Read full book review >

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MARRYING ANITA by Anita Jain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2008

"A sparkling, enjoyable look at how globalization affects love."
Single Indian-American female, 33, seeks worldly yet marriage-minded man abroad and finds a complex blend of perspectives on relationships. Read full book review >

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ANITA AND ME by Meera Syal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Far from just another coming-of-age saga, Syal's impressive debut offers a charming yet troubling evocation of recent times."
Nine-year-old Meena Kumar's cheeky narrative of her life as the only Punjabi girl in a small English village unfolds through wonderfully evocative description. Read full book review >

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I STILL BELIEVE ANITA HILL by Amy Richards
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"A well-pulled-together collection from Richards (Opting In, 2008, etc.) and Greenberg."
The proceedings of a symposium of human rights activists, political analysts, legal experts and artists who came together in 2011 to commemorate Anita Hill's courageous testimony at Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearing 20 years earlier. Read full book review >

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THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS by Kiran Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"Less a compelling narrative than a rich stew of ironies and contradictions. Desai's eye for the ridiculous is as keen as ever."
Desai's somber second novel (a marked contrast to her highly acclaimed comic fable Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, 1998) looks at cultural dislocation as experienced by an unhappy Indian ménage. Read full book review >

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Trio by Boman Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 2015

"A riveting dramatization of musical history."
A novel that explores the complex relationships among classical composers Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann and the latter's pianist/composer wife, Clara. Read full book review >

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Good Americans by Tejas Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"Difficult subjects portrayed for readers who want to be challenged as well as entertained."
This "found" short story collection takes an unabashed look at life in America through a variety of unfortunate eyes. Read full book review >