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In south India in 1896, ten-­year old Sivakami is about to embark on a new life. Hanumarathnam, a village healer with some renown as an astrologer, has approached her parents with a marriage proposal. In keeping with custom, he provides his prospective in-­laws with his horoscope. The problem is that his includes a prediction, albeit a weak one, that he will die in his tenth year of marriage. Despite the ominous horoscope, Sivakami's parents hesitate only briefly, won over by the young man and his family's reputation as good, upstanding Brahmins. Once married, Sivikami and Hanumarathnam grow to love one another and the bride, now in her teens, settles into a happy life. But the predictions of Hanumarathnam's horoscope are never far from her new husband's mind. When their first child is born, as a strategy for accurately determining his child's astrological charts, Hanumarathnam insists the midwife toss a lemon from the window of the birthing room the moment his child appears. All . . .

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Sivakami was married at ten, widowed at eighteen, and left with two children. According to the dictates of her caste, her head is shaved and she puts on widow's whites. From dawn to dusk, she is not allowed to contaminate herself with human touch, not even to comfort her small children. Sivakami dutifully follows custom, except for one defiant act: She moves back to her dead husband's house to raise her children. There, her servant Muchami, a closeted gay man who is bound by a different caste's rules, becomes her public face. Their singular relationship holds three generations of the family together through the turbulent first half of the twentieth century, as India endures great social and political change. But as time passes, the family changes, too; Sivakami's son will question the strictures of the very beliefs that his mother has scrupulously upheld.  The Toss of a Lemon is heartbreaking and exhilarating, profoundly exotic yet utterly recognizable in evoking the tensions . . .

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From internationally acclaimed New Face of Fiction author Padma Viswanathan, a stunning new work set among families of those who lost loved ones in the 1985 Air India bombing, registering the unexpected reverberations of this tragedy in the lives of its survivors. A book of post-­9/11 Canada, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao demonstrates that violent politics are all-­too-­often homegrown in North America but ignored at our peril.
In 2004, almost 20 years after the fatal bombing of an Air India flight from Vancouver, 2 suspects--­finally--­are on trial for the crime. Ashwin Rao, an Indian psychologist trained in Canada, comes back to do a "study of comparative grief,­" interviewing people who lost loved one in the attack. What he neglects to mention is that he, too, had family members who died on the plane. Then, to his delight and fear, he becomes embroiled in the lives of one family caught in the undertow of the tragedy, and privy to their secrets. This...

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Villaggio di Cholapatti, India, 1896. Nella camera tutto è pronto per la prima notte di nozze. La piccola Sivakami siede sul letto. Fuori della porta ha lasciato i giochi, i sogni, le fantasie. Ha lo sguardo pieno di paura e sta tremando sotto il ...

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Het is 1906 en in het zuiden van India is de brahmaanse Sivakami tien jaar oud als ze trouwt met Hanumarathnam, astroloog en genezer. De sterren zeggen dat hij in het negende jaar van zijn huwelijk zal kunnen sterven. Alles hangt af van de horoscoop van zijn kinderen. De geboorte van Thangam, hun gouden dochter, verandert niets, maar de geboorte van Vairum, hun rusteloze, intelligente zoon, bezegelt het ondenkbare: hij veroordeelt zijn vader tot de dood. Sivakami, achttien en weduwe, onderwerpt zich aan de regels van haar kaste. Ze scheert haar hoofd, kleedt zich in wit en raakt niemand aan van zonsopgang tot zonsondergang, ook haar twee jonge kinderen niet. Ze pleegt echter één daad van verzet: ze gaat terug naar het huis van haar echtgenoot om haar kinderen op haar manier op te voeden. Met de hulp van de trouwe bediende Muchami beheert ze het land voor haar zoon. Geen daad is zonder gevolgen, en terwijl politieke en sociale revoluties botsen met tradities, wordt de kloof tussen . . .

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From internationally acclaimed New Face of Fiction author Padma Viswanathan, a stunning new work set among families of those who lost loved ones in the 1985 Air India bombing, registering the unexpected reverberations of this tragedy in the lives ...

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