Family Planning


Product Details

Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.24 X 8.0 X 0.69 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Karan Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi. A graduate of Stanford University, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"Karan Mahajan is a natural--a masterful storyteller, an assured stylist and a gentle satirist whose unblinking vision is ultimately tempered by compassion. Family Planning is an incredibly accomplished debut. More than a fine first novel, it's one of the best comic novels I've read in years."--Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City
"An excellent debut. . . . A portrait of family that is both comical and heartbreaking. . . . Mahajan's effortless blending of comedy and tragedy is irresistible."--Publishers Weekly
"Sharply written, bracingly funny, and unexpectedly moving--Karan Mahajan combines 'take no prisoners' satire with haunting insights into the human condition."--Manil Suri
"Brave, breackneck, and amusing. . . . A fearless cultural domestic tour. . . . Irreverent, fresh, and sometimes, given its author's youth, preternaturally wise."--The San Francisco Chronicle
"Mahajan is only 24 years old, but he has a mature and impressive grasp of poignant comedy and has opened up Delhi to western readers in a way that a more overtly politicised novel may not."--The Observer (London)
"Mahajan's sprightly first novel portrays India's capital--10 million strong--in all its explosive fecundity. . . . Mahajan is only 24 years old, but he has already developed an irresistible voice with a rich sense of humor fueled by sorrow."--Ron Charles, The Washington Post Book World
"A spot-on satire of Indian family life, globalization, and intergenerational strife."--The New York Post
"An entertaining expose of a unique family."--Booklist
"A delightfully entertaining novel about father-son conflict that readers from just about any culture can appreciate. . . . Mahajan interjects hilarity throughout otherwise tense and poignant moments of family drama. . . . Strongly recommended."--Library Journal
"The truest portrait of modern New Delhi I've read, and the funniest book of the year."--Suketu Mehta, The Daily Beast
"Comic novels, full of loveable eccentrics and sly social commentary, seem to be one of 'new' India's main exports; this is one of the sharpest and funniest examples."--The Times (London)