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Tomb of sand : a novel

Gītāñjali Śrī (Author), Daisy Rockwell (Translator), HarperVia (Publisher)
"WINNER OF THE 2022 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE - A playful, feminist, and utterly original epic about a family-especially its inimitable octogenarian matriarch-in northern India. An eighty-year-old woman, Ma, slips into a deep depression after the death of her husband. Despite her family's cajoling, she refuses to get up from bed. Her responsible eldest son, Bade, and dutiful, Reebok-sporting daughter-in-law, Bahu, flit around trying to attend to Ma's every need, while her favorite grandson, the cheerful and gregarious Sid, entertains her with his guitar. But it is only when Sid's younger brother-Serious Son, pathologically incapable of laughing-brings his grandmother a sparkling golden cane covered with butterflies that things begin to change. With a new lease on life thanks to the powers of the cane, Ma gets out of bed and embarks on a series of adventures that baffle even her unconventional feminist daughter, Beti. She ditches her cumbersome saris, develops a close friendship with a hijra, and finally sets off on a fateful journey that will turn the family's understanding of themselves upside down. Elegant, heartbreaking, and funny all at once, Tomb of Sand is a literary masterpiece. Rich with fantastical elements, folklore, and exuberant wordplay, and encompassing such topics as Buddhism, global warming, feminism, Partition, and the gender binary, it marks the none-too-soon American debut of an extraordinary writer."-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2023
First HarperVia edition View all formats and editions
HarperVia, New York, NY, 2023
Domestic fiction
603 pages ; 24 cm
9780063299405, 9780063299412, 0063299402, 0063299410
Text in English; translated from the Hindi