She Will Build Him A City

She Will Build Him A City

Book - 2015
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As night falls in Delhi, a mother spins tales from her past for her sleeping daughter. Now grown up, her child is a puzzle with a million pieces, whom she hopes, through her words and her love, to somehow make whole again.

Meanwhile, a young man rides the last train from Rajiv Chowk Station and dreams of murder.

In another corner of the city, a newborn wrapped in a blood-red towel lies on the steps of an orphanage as his mother walks away.

There are twenty million bodies in this city, but the stories of this woman, man, and child--of a secret love that blossoms in the shadows of grief, of a corrosive guilt that taints the soul, and of a boy who maps his own destiny--weave in and out of the lives of those around them to form a dazzling kaleidoscope of a novel.

Beautiful, beguiling, and audacious, this is the story of a city and its people, of love and horror, of belonging and forgiveness: a powerful and unforgettable tale of modern India.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2015.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781620409046
Branch Call Number: FIC Jha
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 22 cm.


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Feb 09, 2018

Not quite surreal, not quite lyrical, Jha paints a picture of the "New India" through three nameless characters - woman, man, child - who are revealed to be linked. It is a bleak portrait of a society of sex, violence and poverty with some people pushed by trauma to desperate measures and others able to retain some humanity. Like his earlier books, this novel is not wrong but unusual.

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