Family Matters

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5.24 X 8.06 X 0.93 inches | 0.73 pounds

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About the Author
Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay and now lives near Toronto. His first novel, Such a Long Journey, received, among other awards, the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book of the Year. In 1995, A Fine Balance won the second annual Giller Prize and, in 1996, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. Mistry is also the author of Swimming Lessons, a collection of short stories.
"Mistry harks back to the 19th-century novelists. . . . The reader is moved, even to tears." - John Updike, The New Yorker

"[Mistry] needs no infusion of magical realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical." - The New York Times

"Mistry . . . solidifies his standing as one of the world's finest authors . . . Come to [this book] with the anticipation or foreboding you'd bring to a letter from home. You'll be rewarded luxuriously." - The Seattle Times

"Mistry [is] a giant of a writer. . . . [an] almost perfect example of the storyteller's art." - Chicago Tribune

"Mistry writes with a patient attention to language, structure, and detail reminiscent of. . . .Tolstoy and Tagore... His greatest strength lies in depicting the human heart, in all its longing and imperfection, with unsentimental tenderness." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Worthy of the 19th-century masters." -Time

"Subtle and true . . . His evocation of the streets and sounds of jostling Bombay is almost painfully alive." -New York Review of Books

"Rohinton Mistry is not a household name, but it should be. . . . he ought to be considered simply one of the best writers, Indian or otherwise, now alive. . . . Major writers differ from minor ones. . . in their ability to handle the big questions: death, family, the passing of time, the inevitability of loss, God or the corresponding God-shaped hole. Mistry handles all of them in an accomplished style entirely his own." -The Atlantic

"Mistry's prose is expansive, generous to its characters and ample in story. . . . Frequently clear-eyed, courageous and deeply entertaining."-The Oregonian

"As much a tribute to the spirit of Bombay as it is a portrait of domestic life in modern India. . . . Mistry's quiet sense of humor enlivens the story and makes it a delight to follow." -Baltimore Sun

"Imagine a 19th-century realist sensibility probing the abiding mysteries of India in our time. Leo Tolstoy meets R. K. Narayan. . . . Mistry's compassion for [his] people is boundless." -Newsday

"A wonderfully perceptive and sometimes hilarious exploration of the complexities of family life. . . . A novel of great wisdom, beauty and power-a book to be treasured."-Buffalo News

"Almost Tolstoyan in registry and range . . . To say Mistry captures the textures of India well and creates larger-than-life characters is to note the least of his achievements." -The Observer (London)

"As compelling and rich as either of Mistry's other novels . . . the world in a two-room flat. . . . Mistry depicts the sort of family love that grounds us in the world." -Globe & Mail

"Stealthily, even movingly, Mistry reveals small triumphs of humanity over distaste, minute shifts that signal leaps of compassion." -The Guardian (UK)

"Mistry has created a meticulously evoked, deliberately paced portrait of decay and ruin. . . . It is not a pretty picture, but Mistry makes it warmhearted and stirring all the same." -Time Out New York