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A Suitable Boy: A Novel (Modern Classics)

A Suitable Boy: A Novel (Modern Classics)
Author: Vikram Seth
ISBN 13: 9780060786526
ISBN 10: 60786523
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Publication Date: 2005-10-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 1488
List Price: $21.99

Vikram Seth's novel is, at its core, a love story: Lata and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find — through love or through exacting maternal appraisal — a suitable boy for Lata to marry. Set in the early 1950s, in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, A Suitable Boy takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves. A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multiethnic society in flux, A Suitable Boy remains the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love and ambition, humor and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette and the most appalling violence.

Washington Post Book World

Surrender to this strange, beguiling world and be swept away on the wings of story....It is difficult to imagine that many contemporary writers could give us a novel that provides so much deep satisfaction.