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Red Lake Falls Public Library DOS (Text) 35500006263626 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781324005230
  • Physical Description: 261 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, 2020.

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"Escaping her failing marriage, Grace Marisola has returned to Pondicherry from the United States to cremate her mother. Once there, she receives an inheritance she could not have expected--a property on the beaches of Madras--and discovers a sister she never knew she had: Lucia, who was born with Down Syndrome and has spent her life in a residential facility. Grace sets up a new and precarious life with Lucia, the housekeeper, Mallika, the drily witty Auntie Kavitha, and an ever-multiplying litter of puppies. But Grace's attempts to leave her old self behind and create a new family prove first a struggle, then a strain, as she discovers the chaos, tenderness, fury and bewilderment of life with Lucia"--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1
    Grace was unaware of her sister's existence until their mother's death revealed the family's three-decades-plus secret. Grace returns to her native Madras from America, where she's been living since college, working in customer service and watching her marriage implode over progeny disagreements. She's jet-lagged but Ma's best friend, Kavitha, won't let her rest: "‘Now, you must listen.'" Four years before Grace, Lucia "was born a Mongoloid" and entered the nearby Sneha Centre, where Ma disappeared every Thursday. Ma has bequeathed Grace seaside land, a remote house, and Lucia. With little left of her stateside life, Grace begins to navigate her inherited community, her new sister, their ever-multiplying canine companions, and a village in which women living on their own is a potentially dangerous anomaly. Doshi (The Pleasure Seekers, 2010), herself Madras-born, has a younger brother with Down Syndrome, and she has revealed that reading about Arthur Miller's 1960s decision to institutionalize his Down Syndrome son provided literary inspiration. Doshi certainly writes with eyes wide open, never minimizing the challenges and the failures that prove both damning and redemptive. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Sisters > Fiction.
Down syndrome > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Pondicherry (India) > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

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