An Atlas of Impossible Longing: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 5, 2011 - Fiction - 336 pages
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“This is why we read fiction at all” raves the Washington Post: Family life meets historical romance in this critically acclaimed, “gorgeous, sweeping novel” (Ms Magazine) about two people who find each other when abandoned by everyone else, marking the signal American debut of an award-winning writer who richly deserves her international acclaim.

On the outskirts of a small town in Bengal, a family lives in solitude in their vast new house. Here, lives intertwine and unravel. A widower struggles with his love for an unmarried cousin. Bakul, a motherless daughter, runs wild with Mukunda, an orphan of unknown caste adopted by the family. Confined in a room at the top of the house, a matriarch goes slowly mad; her husband searches for its cause as he shapes and reshapes his garden. As Mukunda and Bakul grow, their intense closeness matures into something else, and Mukunda is banished to Calcutta. He prospers in the turbulent years after Partition, but his thoughts stay with his home, with Bakul, with all that he has lost—and he knows that he must return.

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User Review  - Clara53 - LibraryThing

Anuradha Roy (whose Wikipedia page warns from the start: "Not to be confused with Arundhati Roy", a bestselling author, both writers having a Bengali heritage) is a new author to me, and for a moment ... Read full review

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User Review  - Seema - Goodreads

An entertaining and quick read. Thought that some of the main characters could and should have been better developed, and the ending annoyed me. Probably won't remember this book a year from now, but will admit that I couldn't really put it down. Read full review

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Anuradha Roy is the author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing, The Folded Earth, All The Lives We Never Lived, and Sleeping on Jupiter—which won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2015. She lives in Ranikhet, India.

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