November 2018 Schlafly Book Discussion group selection
— From Schlafly Discussion Group
Beautifully written, Ghachar Ghochar is a wonderful novella with moments of familial affection as well as shocking moments of meanness. What happens when a family’s fortune turns for the better? Of course, there’s the better house in the better neighborhood, the better prospects for marriage, and the better job which isn’t really a job at all. But there’s also a shift in the family dynamic that muddies the water and leads to a disastrous ending. - randy
— From Fiction
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' TOP BOOKS OF 2017
"A modern classic." --The New York Times Book Review
A young man's close-knit family is nearly destitute when his uncle founds a successful spice company, changing their fortunes overnight. As they move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house on the other side of Bangalore, and try to adjust to a new way of life, the family dynamic begins to shift. Allegiances realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background. Things become "ghachar ghochar"--a nonsense phrase uttered by one meaning something tangled beyond repair, a knot that can't be untied.
Elegantly written and punctuated by moments of unexpected warmth and humor, Ghachar Ghochar
is a quietly enthralling, deeply unsettling novel about the shifting meanings--and consequences--of financial gain in contemporary India.
"A classic tale of wealth and moral ruin." --The New Yorker
introduces us to a master." --The Paris Review
Named a Best Book of the Year by the Guardian, Globe and Mail,
and Publishers Weekly
Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award.