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Family Matters
by Rohinton Mistry


Overview - Rohinton Mistry s enthralling novel is at once a domestic drama and an intently observed portrait of present-day Bombay in all its vitality and corruption. At the age of seventy-nine, Nariman Vakeel, already suffering from Parkinson s disease, breaks an ankle and finds himself wholly dependent on his family.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Rohinton Mistry s enthralling novel is at once a domestic drama and an intently observed portrait of present-day Bombay in all its vitality and corruption. At the age of seventy-nine, Nariman Vakeel, already suffering from Parkinson s disease, breaks an ankle and finds himself wholly dependent on his family. His step-children, Coomy and Jal, have a spacious apartment (in the inaptly named Chateau Felicity), but are too squeamish and resentful to tend to his physical needs.
Nariman must now turn to his younger daughter, Roxana, her husband, Yezad, and their two sons, who share a small, crowded home. Their decision will test not only their material resources but, in surprising ways, all their tolerance, compassion, integrity, and faith. Sweeping and intimate, tragic and mirthful, Family Matters is a work of enormous emotional power."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375703423
  • ISBN-10: 037570342X
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: November 2003
  • Page Count: 448
  • Dimensions: 8.06 x 5.24 x 0.93 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.73 pounds

Series: Vintage International

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Family Matters

Set in contemporary Bombay, this remarkable novel tells the story of 79-year-old Nariman Vakeel, head of a large family and a victim of Parkinson's disease. When Nariman's deteriorating health forces him to move in with his stepdaughter Roxanna, who shares a two-room apartment with her family, life changes for everyone in the tiny flat. Roxanna's husband fights to support the household and bring up their two sons according to tradition. Meanwhile, Nariman looks back on his past, remembering a doomed love affair that had disastrous repercussions. Through their stories, Mistry offers an incisive look at modern-day Indian culture, presenting an unforgettable portrait of life in a poverty-stricken city. This beautifully crafted study of the nature of family was a 2002 Booker Prize finalist. A reading group guide is available online at www.vintagebooks.com/read.

 
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