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Leela's Book

(2011)
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Leela - alluring, taciturn, haunted - is moving back to Delhi from New York. She knows her return will unsettle precariously balanced lives. Twenty-two years ago her sister was seduced by Vyasa, a young university lecturer. Now an eminent Sanskrit scholar, Vyasa is preparing for the unlikely marriage of his son, Ash, to the child of a Hindu nationalist. Compounding Leela's disruptive presence, Ash's hedonistic twin sister Bharati arrives from London, reluctantly leaving her cosmopolitan university life to see Ash married. Ash, meanwhile, has fallen in love with his brother-in-law to be.

Gleefully presiding over the drama is Ganesh - divine, elephant-headed scribe of India's great epic, the Mahabharata. The family patriarchs may think they have arranged the wedding for their own selfish ends, but according to Ganesh it is he who is directing events - in a bid to save Leela, his beloved heroine, from his devious enemy Vyasa.

Turning to fiction after an award-winning travel book, Alice Albinia has written a brilliantly playful and genre-defying first novel. Ambitious and entertaining, Leela's Book weaves a tale of contemporary Delhi that crosses religious and social boundaries, reaching back into the origins of the Mahabharata itself.

Genre: Romance    Get it on Google Play

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Hardback Editions

January 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Leela's Book: A Novel
Author(s): Alice Albinia
ISBN: 0-393-08270-9 / 978-0-393-08270-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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June 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Leela's Book
Author(s): Alice Albinia
ISBN: 1-84655-374-1 / 978-1-84655-374-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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2011 : Hardback
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Title: Leela's Book
Author(s): Alice Albinia
ISBN: 8184001223 / 978-8184001228
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Paperback Editions

December 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Leela's Book: A Novel
Author(s): Alice Albinia
ISBN: 0-393-34393-6 / 978-0-393-34393-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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June 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leela's Book
Author(s): Alice Albinia
ISBN: 0-09-954849-6 / 978-0-09-954849-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

June 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Leela's Book: A Novel
Author(s): Alice Albinia
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June 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Leela's Book: A Novel
Author(s): Alice Albinia
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

January 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Leela's Book: A Novel
Author(s): Alice Albinia
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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June 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Leela's Book
Author(s): Alice Albinia
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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