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ISBN10: 0618065822
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Anita Desai's new book, hailed as "unsparing, yet tender and funny,"* brilliantly confirms her place among today's foremost Indian writers. FASTING, FEASTING takes on Desai's greatest theme: the intricate, delicate web of family conflict. It tells the moving story of Uma, the plain older daughter of an Indian family, tied to the household of her childhood and tending to her parents' every extravagant demand, and of her younger brother, Arun, across the world in Massachusetts, bewildered by his new life in college and the suburbs, where he lives with the Patton family. Published in Britain to rave reviews, FASTING, FEASTING is "rich in the sensuous atmosphere, elegiac pathos, and bleak comedy at which the author excels" (The Spectator). From the overpowering warmth of Indian culture to the cool center of the American family, it captures the physical — and emotional — fasting and feasting that define two distinct cultures. *(Times Literary Supplement)

About the Author

Anita Desai was born in Mussorie, India, in 1937. Among her many published works in a career that spans three decades are Clear Light of Day and In Custody, both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she teaches writing at MIT. She is married and has four children, including Kiran Desai, author of Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard.

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Maya.Brandon, January 15, 2009 (view all comments by Maya.Brandon)
What a wonderful way to understand the meeting of two different cultures! Although it's not the sort of book that you can't put down, it does a great job of teaching about society in India, particularly the role of women within that society. Anita Desai also offers several interesting cultural shocks through the character of Arun. All in all, a good read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618065820
Author:
Desai, Anita
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
A
Author:
nita Desai
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
India
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
East Indian students
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
521
Publication Date:
January 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.26x5.56x.61 in. .56 lbs.

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