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Family Life

by David De La Torre

In Flights of fantasy, The Economist reviews Family Life: A Novel by Akhil Sharma.

AKHIL SHARMA was eight years old when his family left India for America. He studied public policy at Princeton and went on to Harvard Law School before becoming an investment banker, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. After his first novel, “An Obedient Father”, was published to great acclaim in 2000 he gave up his finance career to write. But second novels are notoriously difficult, which may be one reason why Mr Sharma, for his second book, turned to his family’s immigrant story for inspiration. Little did he know that it would take 12 years and 7,000 pages of writing before he finally got it right. The resulting book is “Family Life”, and what a gem it is. [more]