Manchester, Connecticut

Writers From India


In recent years, we have had an influx of Indian authors who give us a new perspective on life in both India and the United States.  The following are just some of the titles of books that are available at the Manchester Public Library.

THE HUNGRY TIDE by Amitav Ghosh
…in the remote Sundarbans,man and nature struggle with each other to survive

SERVING CRAZY WITH CURRY: a novel by Amulya Malladi
…over dinners, made by a post-suicidal daughter, a family learns to talk to one another

THE ASTRAL ALIBI by Manjiri Prabhu
…cozy mystery featuring the astrologist private investigator, Sonia Samarth

HALF A LIFE by V.S. Naipaul
…an exploration of the "half lives" of individuals brought up in the English colonies and educated in metropolitan cities

THE SARI SHOP: a novel by Rupa Bajwa
…a clerk in a sari shop realizes the inequities between the rich and poor in India and decides to change his life

THE VILLAGE BRIDE OF BEVERLY HILLS by Kavita Daswani
…romantic comedy about a young couple's first year of an arranged marriage

SACRED GAMES by Vikram Chandra
…an epic story of crime and punishment in modern Mumbai

THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS by Kiran Desai
…a retired judge and his extended family struggle with their cultural identity in modern India and abroad

NO GOD IN SIGHT by Altaf Tyrewala
…50 narratives, brief first-person accounts of India’s post-colonial problems

MISTRESS: a novel by Anita Nair
…forbidden love changes the relationship a woman has with her husband and family

THE HINDI-BINDI CLUB by Monica Pradhan
…first generation American daughters spar with their traditional mothers about love and marriage

ENGLISH, AUGUST: an Indian story by Upamanyu Chatterjee
… coming of age story of privileged young man who finds himself a foreigner in his own country

DESIRABLE DAUGHTERS by Bharati Mukherjee
…a 36 year old divorcee returns to her family’s ancestral village in India

A FINE BALANCE by Rohinton Mistry
…chronicles the sufferings of the outcasts and innocents in 1970’s India, as they try to “keep a fine balance between hope and despair”

CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese
…twin boys, abandoned by their American father, are raised by two doctors in Ethiopia

MARRIAGE BUREAU FOR RICH PEOPLE by Farahad Zama
… a bored retiree opens a marriage bureau in modern India

THE SARI SHOP WIDOW by Shobhan Bantwal
...a young widow runs her parents' boutique in New Jersey

INVISIBLE LIVES by Anjali Banerjee
….a professional matchmaker meets her match

ATLAS OF UNKNOWNS by Tania James
…sisters, raised by their father after their mother’s suicide, are separated by both geography and personality

THE WEIGHT OF HEAVEN by Thrity Umrigar
…after the death of their young son, an American couple moves to a village near Bombay

IN THE CONVENT OF LITTLE FLOWERS: stories by Indu Sundaresan
…individuals grapple with lives trapped between traditional and contemporary llifestyles in India

Q & A: a novel by Vikas Swarup
…an uneducated young man wins a quiz show through lessons learned in his life

THE TOSS OF A LEMON by Padma Viswanathan
…epic spanning 70 years of Indian life in the Brahmin tradition, beginning in 1896

A GOOD INDIAN WIFE by Anne Cherian
…modern day fairy tale of a San Francisco doctor who finds himself married to a teacher chosen by his parents

THE PALACE OF ILLUSIONS by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
…a re-telling of India’s most magnificent epic, the Mahabharat, from a female point of view

THE AGE OF SHIVA by Manil Suri
…follows Meera Sawhney from her unhappy 1950’s marriage to aspiring singer through her own son's coming-of-age.

THE ASSASSIN’S SONG by M.G. Vassanji
…a young man rejects his spiritual inheritance and goes to Harvard against his father’s wishes

UNACCUSTOMED EARTH: stories by Jhumpa Lahiri
…eight short stories that exemplify the gulf between expatriate Bengali parents from their American raised children

FAMILY PLANNING: a novel by Karan Mahajan
…a family of 15 members tries to find calm in a chaotic home and country

ALMOST SINGLE by Advaita Kala
…meet the Bridget Jones of India

BOLLYWOOD NIGHTS by Shobhaa De
…a small town girl is forced into show business by her mother


compiled 03/2010