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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Book review: The Leaving of Things, by Jay Antani

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book intrigued me, largely due to its dual connection: Madison, Wisconsin, where I lived for 20 years and India, the country of my birth. It's an interesting approach by an expat Indian author, and the reverse of the normal Indian immigrant stories. Antani captures the sense of dislocation perfectly--the feeling of being plucked from a comfortable environment in spite of being in a minority, and being dropped in the tumultuous, disorienting mess of life in an Indian city. Antani switches settings with ease from suburban Ahmedabad to Bombay and even to the Taj Mahal, although at times he gets a bit carried away with the historical backdrop. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading Indian fiction.

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