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International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book
Winner of the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award

"Gorgeously tender at its core... beautiful, heartstopping... Family Life really blazes." - Sonali Deraniyagala, New York Times Book Review


Hailed as a "supreme storyteller" (Philadelphia Inquirer) for his "cunning, dismaying and beautifully conceived" fiction (New York Times), Akhil Sharma is possessed of a narrative voice "as hypnotic as those found in the pages of Dostoyevsky" (The Nation). In his highly anticipated second novel, Family Life, he delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision. We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family's younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family's new life.

Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.

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Hardback Editions

May 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Family Life
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
ISBN: 0-670-08745-9 / 978-0-670-08745-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
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August 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Family Life (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
ISBN: 1-4104-7087-3 / 978-1-4104-7087-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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May 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Family Life
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
ISBN: 0-571-31426-0 / 978-0-571-31426-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Family Life: A Novel
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
ISBN: 0-393-06005-5 / 978-0-393-06005-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Family Life
Author(s): AKHIL SHARMA
ISBN: 0-14-342290-1 / 978-0-14-342290-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Family Life
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
ISBN: 0-571-22454-7 / 978-0-571-22454-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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February 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Family Life: A Novel
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
ISBN: 0-393-35060-6 / 978-0-393-35060-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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May 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Family Life
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
ISBN: 0-571-22453-9 / 978-0-571-22453-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Audio Editions

April 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Family Life: A Novel
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Family Life
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Family Life: A Novel
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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