In my childhood, I was known as the boy whose mother had run off with an Englishman” – so begins the story of Myshkin and his mother, Gayatri, who is driven to rebel against tradition and follow her artist’s instinct for freedom. Freedom of a different kind is in the air across India. The fight against British rule is reaching a critical turn. The Nazis have come to power in Germany. At this point of crisis, two strangers arrive in Gayatri’s town, opening up for her the vision of other possible lives.
Anuradha Roy’s enthralling novel is impassioned, elegiac, and gripping, it brims with the same genius that has brought Roy’s earlier fiction international renown.
“A writer of great subtlety and intelligence … a beautifully written and compelling story of how families fall apart and what remains of the aftermath” Kamila Shamsie.