9780375703423

Family Matters

ISBN 10: 037570342X / 0-375-70342-X
ISBN 13: 9780375703423
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

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.


Review:

"Major writers differ from minor ones, even great minor ones, in their ability to handle the big questions: death, family, the passing of time, the inevitability of loss, God or the corresponding God-shaped hole. Mistry handles all of them in an accomplished style entirely his own."

Brooke Allen, Atlantic Monthly, September 2002

Review:

"In a polished but economical and unobtrusive prose, [Mistry] writes of household dramas, of plausible confined, earthbound lives seeking to generate on their own a spark of relieving magic. Mistry harks back to the nineteenth-century novelists, for whom every detail...added a vital piece to the full social picture, and for whom every incident illustrated the eventually crushing weight of the world. Liveliness, precision, weight: these old-fashioned mimetic virtues, and the broad sympathy that calls them into being, cannot be taken for granted....In a world of hurry and quick artistic killing, Mistry has kept the patience to tease narrative and moral interest out of domestic life...."

John Updike, New Yorker, 09/30/2002

 

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