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Family Matters

Mistry, Rohinton

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The much anticipated new novel by the author of the highly praised and award-winning A Fine Balance, Family Matters is a novel of familial pride,love, and obligation. Set in Bombay in the 1990's, it defines the merging of personal and political corruption, the power of memory to keep truth alive, and the ultimate peril of memory denied. This is the story of a family in Bombay whose patriarch is ailing and needs constant care from his step-daughter. He lives under her thumb, except for his evening strolls. And, when he has an accident on an outing, her desire to pass him to her younger sister's house starts a chain of destruction that may never be repaired.

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Set during the 1990s in an overcrowded and politically corrupt Bombay, Rohinton Mistry's Family Matters depicts a family being torn apart by lies, love, and its unresolved demons of the past. Nariman Vakeel is an aging patriarch whose advancing Parkinson's disease and its related complications threaten to destroy his large Parsi family. When Nariman breaks his ankle and becomes bedridden, his two stepchildren turn his care over to their half-sister, Roxanne, who lives in a two-room flat with her husband and two sons. What follows is each character's reaction to this situation, from Roxanne's husband's struggle to provide for his family without neglecting his conscience to their sons' coming of age in an era of uncertainty. Expertly interspersed between these dilemmas are Nariman's tortured remembrances of a forbidden love and its inescapable consequences ("no matter where you go in the world, there is only one story: of youth, and loss, and yearning for redemption. So we tell the same story, over and over. Just the details are different").

Family Matters is a compelling, emotional, and persuasive testimony to the importance of memories in every family's history. In a poetic style rich with detail, Mistry creates a world where fate dances with free will, and the results are often more familiar than anyone would ever care to admit. --Gisele Toueg

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“Once again, Rohinton Mistry has written an absolutely fabulous novel.”
–Noah Richler, National Post

“He ought to be considered simply one of the best writers, Indian or otherwise, now alive.”
Atlantic Monthly

“The reader is moved, even to tears, by these rites of passage among characters we have lived with long enough to feel as family. . . . The exercise of compassion, by the writer and then by the reader, remains one of the novel’s chief duties and complex pleasures.”
–John Updike, The New Yorker

“A magnetic tale that comes as close to perfect as a novel can get.”

“Magnificent.… Family Matters could well be one of the finest novels most of us will ever read. It is certainly a masterpiece.”
Irish Times

“Warm, humane, tender and bittersweet.…The author of A Fine Balance again explores the tightrope act that constitutes life on this planet.…This beautifully paced, elegantly expressed novel is notable for the breadth of its vision as well as its immensely appealing characters and enticing plot.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“For the purposefulness and clarity of his moral vision, there is no better writer living in Canada today.…Mistry weaves a marvelous tapestry.…”
–Montreal Gazette

Family Matters moves and engages at every moment.…Mistry is among the most distinguished of the Indian writers currently visible, partly because he does not try to make India itself his main subject.…His real territory if the divided heart.”
–Pico Iyer, The New York Review of Books

“Heart-breaking and utterly beguiling.…”
The Herald (U.K.)

“Compassionately attentive to the blend of tragedy and comedy and strikes the notes of each with grace, precision and tenderness.…”
Edmonton Journal

“Impressive. . . . Wry and richly perceptive.…”
Times Literary Supplement

“A giant among writers.…A vibrant and full-bodied novel.”
Chicago Tribune

“Compelling and rich.…”
Globe and Mail

“With deceptive simplicity, Mistry draws his fine balance between scepticism and affirmation, faith and bigotry, family nurture and control.”
The Guardian (U.K.)

[He is] blessed by talent as natural as breathing.…”

“His prose style is as clear as a pane of newly polished glass.”
The Economist

“Mistry remains one of our most important writers –one of our most important moral voices.…”
Quill & Quire

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