Gifted: A Novel

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Doubleday Canada, May 29, 2009 - Fiction - 304 pages
14 Reviews
A dazzling first novel about a math prodigy who is being groomed by her parents to attend Oxford at the age of fourteen, Gifted heralds the arrival of a remarkable new talent.

Numbers have filled Rumi Vashey’s world since she first learned to count. But it was on a trip to India at the age of eight that her mathematical powers acquired their almost supernatural significance.

At fourteen Rumi is firmly set on the path of a gifted child, speeding headlong towards Oxford University. As her father sees it, discipline is everything if the family is to have any hope of making its mark on its adoptive country. However, as Rumi gets older and the family’s stark isolation intensifies, numbers start to lose their magic for the young teenager: she abandons the rigid timetable of her afternoons and replaces equations with rampant spice abuse. As her longing for love and her parents’ will to succeed deepen so too does the rift between generations.

Gifted captures brilliantly the battle to come of age in an emotional and comic hinterland, where histories, arithmetic and cumin seeds all play a part. In a voice that is by turns very funny and fiercely acute Lalwani vividly brings to life a young family’s search for recognition and how that search can break a family apart. A story of high aspirations and deep desires, and of the sometime loneliness of childhood, Gifted is a remarkably passionate, assured and accessible debut.


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User Review  - John - Goodreads

I fail to understand how this book appeared on the Man Booker longlist. I can only assume that the publisher, Viking, pushed it very hard. I just don't think that this book is well enough written to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ron Charles - Goodreads

The day before school started this year, my wife received an e-mail from a student enrolled in her English class. He wanted to know if he could narrow the margins of his summer homework by a quarter ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
15
Section 3
25
Section 4
41
Section 5
49
Section 6
59
Section 7
69
Section 8
72
Section 16
189
Section 17
199
Section 18
209
Section 19
227
Section 20
240
Section 21
247
Section 22
255
Section 23
267

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
110
Section 12
131
Section 13
142
Section 14
151
Section 15
177
Section 24
274
Section 25
276
Section 26
282
Section 27
284
Section 28
285
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About the author (2009)

Nikita Lalwani was born in Rajasthan, India, and raised in Cardiff, Wales. Gifted is her first novel. Her next novel, The Village, will be published in 2009. She lives in London.


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