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Family Life

(2014)
A novel by

 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book (nominee)
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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Used availability for Akhil Sharma's Family Life


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Hardback Editions

May 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: Family Life (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
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
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: Family Life
Author(s): AKHIL SHARMA
ISBN: 0-14-342290-1 / 978-0-14-342290-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA
Availability: Amazon UK   

2000 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Family Life
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
ISBN: 0-571-22453-9 / 978-0-571-22453-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

April 2014 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Family Life
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Family Life: A Novel
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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