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Family Life by [Sharma, Akhil]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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[A] delicate and often moving work of palliative poetics ... [I]nvolving, far removed from the sobby cliches of the misery memoir, and, let's hope, a taster for future fictions in which Sharma adroitly continues puncturing the myth of south Asians in America being a unified and model minority. (The Observer)Akhil Sharma's Family Life comes 13 years after his first and is an extraordinary coming of age tale in the shadow of family tragedy ... funny, painful, and deeply moving -- do not miss. (The Bookseller, May 2014 Book of the Month)In his outstanding follow up to An Obedient Father, Akhil Sharma writes the book on love, duty, family and what it means to become American. Every page is alive and surprising. Proof of his huge, unique talent. (David Sedaris, author of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls)Sharma is a rare master at charting the frailties and failures, the cruelties and rages, the altering moods and contradictions, whims and perversities of a tragic cast of characters. But this most unsentimental writer, with his skull and bones honesty, leaves the reader, finally and surprisingly, moved. (Kiran Desai)To use expressions like 'extraordinarily moving' or 'brilliantly observed' to describe this book is to do it a disservice, because here is a novel that seems to call for its own language of praise. Maybe it's enough to say that Akhil Sharma's Family Life is an immigrant story like no other: funny and dark, unrelenting and, above all, true - in the pure way that only the rarest novel can achieve. (Nell Freudenberger)Family Life will cut your heart to pieces but it will also make you rejoice. The language, the humor, the sophistication, the empathy, the insight - all signal a new kind of literature about families and the bonds with which they hold us tight. Akhil Sharma's place among the best literary novelists of his generation is likewise secure. (Gary Shteyngart)There's nothing like the pleasure of being devastated by a short novel. Like Jhumpa Lahiri, Akhil Sharma writes of the Indian immigrant experience with great empathy and a complete lack of sentimentality. Family Life is a dark and thrilling accomplishment by a wildly gifted writer. (Ann Packer)Worth the wait: a wonderful novel by an excellent writer. (Mohsin Hamid)Miraculous, heartbreaking, courageous, and awe-inspiring. This novel reminds us that if family life might at times seem like a horror story, this is only because it is first and foremost a love story. Akhil Sharma's virtuosic powers are on full display here. (Gabe Hudson)Like a slender fire in the hand, Akhil Sharma's Family Life is incandescent. A story of migration from one state of being to another, this uncompromising testament to the human cost of love is exhilarating in its intelligence and unerring perception. Family Life is unforgettable, Akhil Sharma is a writer of genius and acuity. (Jayne Anne Philips)Family Life is a terse, devastating account of growing up as a brilliant outsider in American culture. It is a nearly perfect novel. (Edmund White)

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Heart-wrenching and darkly comic, Akhil Sharma's Family Life - the Folio Prize-winning novel from the author of An Obedient Father - is the beautifully told story of a boy torn between duty and survival.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (29 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ILZ6X5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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