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Novelist Akhil Sharma to read from his new book Family Life, April 8, 2014

Author Akhil Sharma will read from his new novel Family Life and be in conversation with Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, on Tuesday, April 8 at 6 pm. The event will take place in the Sanders Classroom Building Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the South Asian Students Association, this event is free and open to the public.

Family Life tells the story of the Mishra family, living in Delhi in the 1970s and emigrating from India to the United States. Author Gary Shteyngart said of the book, “Family Life will cut your heart to pieces but it will also make you rejoice. The language, the humor, the sophistication, the empathy, the insight—all signal a new kind of literature about families and the bonds with which they hold us tight…Akhil Sharma’s place among the best literary novelists of his generation is likewise secure.”

Sharma’s first novel, An Obedient Father, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and will be released in paperback in April by W.W. Norton. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Best American Short Stories. Granta has chosen Sharma for their once-a-decade Best Young American Novelists list. A native of Delhi, India, Sharma lives in New York City.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, March 25, 2014