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The Inheritance of Loss

By Kiran Desai

In the north-eastern Himalayas, at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in a crumbling isolated house, there lives a cantankerous old judge, who wants nothing more than to retire in peace. With the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, and the son of his chatty cook trying to make his way in the US while staying a step ahead of the immigration services, peace is far from easy.

When a Nepalese insurgency threatens the blossoming romance between Sai and her handsome tutor, they too, are forced to consider their colliding interests.

A story of much depth and emotion, hilarity and imagination, The Inheritance of Loss is a superb second novel from the author of Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard.

Available in paperback at 11 euros