A collection of heartbreaking small stories from a fictional coal mining Pennsylvania town. The story telling is so vivid that I followed each and every character where ever they went. Haigh is without question very talented.
One of the librarians said to me that it is unfortunate that all the really good novels are the ones with really sad stories. This is a good novel with a really sad story. Well written.
A heartbreaking brilliant story which gives us a glimpse of what is to be anybody in Chechenya from who knows when till today. I cannot believe it is a debut novel and recommend it highly.
On one summer day during the 1976 heatwave in London, Gretta's husband leaves her for good taking with him all their savings in the bank, which brings together all her grown children to sort out the problem at hand. Her family is Irish with all the possible catholic guilt there is. With this kind of plot you would think you will get a heck of family story instead you get a spark less drama with a very dull ending.
This is a brilliant book with a poignant story. Sundaresan has come up with beautiful story inspired by the memoirs, travelogues and biographies written by members of both the English and the Indian populace about race, sex, bigotry and governance during the British Raj. An American soldier falls in love with the daughter of an Indian civil service officer in the British Raj in India during WWII when he was in India on personal mission, after his covert operation in Burma. The splendor of silence about what happens after and what happened before is simply splendid.