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"Sankaran's well-crafted debut novel, set in Bangalore, traces the disparate yet intersecting lives of Anand Murthy, principal at Cauvery Auto, and Kamala, his family's maid, who is struggling to provide for her 12-year-old son. Although Anand married into an influential family, he harbors dreams of expanding his factory without the aid of his meddlesome father-in-law. Yet to do so he must locate land and additional funding in a country where bribery is expected and nothing is assured. His lofty goal leads him into unknown territory that could jeopardize everything he's tried to build. While Anand and Kamala are both desperately working for what they want, the distance between their worlds is further emphasized by the chasm between their goals. As Kamala is given more responsibility in Anand's household, she faces eviction from her one-room home in the wake of development: 'Overnight, the villagers' character changed: from farmers protective of their own to businessmen eager to engage with strangers in their midst.' Kamala tries to shield this change, and the burden of new responsibility, from her son while planning for his future. Sankaran firmly establishes her talent through the nuances of her characters and a striking exploration of culture. Agent: Lane Zachary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Lavanya Sankaran is the author of The Red Carpet, a collection of short stories set in Bagalore, India, that won Poets & Writers magazine’s Best First Fiction award. Sankaran has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of India, and Outlook, among other publications in America, India, Italy, and France. She studied at Bryn Mawr College and lives in Bangalore. The Hope Factory is her debut novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385338196
Author:
Sankaran, Lavanya
Publisher:
Dial Press
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.55 x 5.75 x 1.3 in 1.06 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sankaran's well-crafted debut novel, set in Bangalore, traces the disparate yet intersecting lives of Anand Murthy, principal at Cauvery Auto, and Kamala, his family's maid, who is struggling to provide for her 12-year-old son. Although Anand married into an influential family, he harbors dreams of expanding his factory without the aid of his meddlesome father-in-law. Yet to do so he must locate land and additional funding in a country where bribery is expected and nothing is assured. His lofty goal leads him into unknown territory that could jeopardize everything he's tried to build. While Anand and Kamala are both desperately working for what they want, the distance between their worlds is further emphasized by the chasm between their goals. As Kamala is given more responsibility in Anand's household, she faces eviction from her one-room home in the wake of development: 'Overnight, the villagers' character changed: from farmers protective of their own to businessmen eager to engage with strangers in their midst.' Kamala tries to shield this change, and the burden of new responsibility, from her son while planning for his future. Sankaran firmly establishes her talent through the nuances of her characters and a striking exploration of culture. Agent: Lane Zachary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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