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A truth too tender for memoir

Akhil Sharma's Family Life tells a story of immigration and disability with exhilarating clarity, economy and wit

31 May 2014

9:00 AM

31 May 2014

9:00 AM

Family Life Akhil Sharma

Faber, pp.212, £14.99, ISBN: 97803930600058

It has been 14 years since Akhil Sharma published his first, widely acclaimed novel, An Obedient Father. Though its subject matter is very different, Family Life more than fulfils the expectations raised by that grim but compelling story of financial, political and moral corruption in India. Growing up in Delhi in the 1970s, the eight-year-old Ajay Mishra believed that his father ‘had been assigned to us by the government.

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