A Life of Adventure and Delight


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.6 X 0.6 X 8.3 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Akhil Sharma grew up in Delhi and in Edison, New Jersey. His first novel, An Obedient Father, won the 2001 PEN/Hemingway Award. His second novel, Family Life, received the International Dublin Literary Award and the Folio Prize. His stories, collected in A Life of Adventure and Delight, have appeared in the New Yorker and in Best American Short Stories. He lives and teaches in Durham, North Carolina.


[Sharma's] stories are beautiful, deceptively simple, and potentially dangerous.--Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer
What an exciting and original writer this is, and what a knock-out collection.--David Sedaris, best-selling author of Naked
These stories have a psychological acuity that redeems their dark worldview.
Those seeking quiet moments of revelation will find them here.
A melancholy and at turns tender exploration of the human psyche at its most vulnerable.
If you love short story collections, this one's for you.... Author Akhil Sharma's characters aren't perfect--they wrestle with belonging, tradition, and temptation--but they're heartbreakingly real and relatable, even at their worst.
Readers wade into these stories as though stepping into a calm river only to be caught by an undercurrent of the most devastating kind--the demand of everyday existence. Akhil Sharma's words touch the deep experience that often remains wordless. He is truly the Chekhov of our time.--Yiyun Li, author of Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and The Vagrants