Hosea Funk, the mayor of a small town, is obsessed in obtaining the perfect population figure in the hope of meeting the prime minister. He drags Knute along as he checks on births and deaths, making this a humourous tale. Continue reading “Mariam Toews — A boy of good breeding *****”
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This year’s winner of the Whistler Independent book award, The Beggar’s Dance is a beautifully written tale of overcoming obstacles set in a colourful East African city against the lives of its people. Continue reading “Farida Somjee’s — The Beggar’s Dance*****”
What happens when you lose the most precious person in your life — a daughter? This is the agonizing dilemma Sripathi, living in India, finds himself in when he learns of his daughter and her husband’s death in Canada. Soon their daughter, Nandana arrives and Sripathi has to come to terms with his loss. Continue reading “Anita Rau Badami’s — Hero’s Walk *****”
This is the story of how Madhu, a hijra, survives in Mumbai’s notorious red-light district. Madhu is too old for prostitution, so begs on the street until called for a special job when the parcel arrives. Continue reading “Anosh Irani’s — The Parcel *****”
After Jessica’s mother dies, she discovers two dead girls hidden in her mother’s basement freezer. Jessica cannot believe her mother might be responsible, remembering the number of children her mother helped foster. Continue reading “Jen Sookfong Lee’s — The Conjoined *****”
Nariman, the aging patriarch of a Parsi family, is shuffled from one family household to another as his ability to care for himself deteriorates. Mistry takes us on a journey through the lives of this Bombay family that is both sad and often funny. Continue reading “Rohinton Mistry’s — Family Matters *****”
Arjie is a young Tamil boy unsure of his identity in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. When racial riots break out in 1983 with the burning and killing of Tamils and their property, Arjie’s life is in danger.