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The Hero’s Walk is a remarkably intimate novel that fills the senses with the unique textures of India. With humor and keen insight, Anita Rau Badami draws us into her story of the graceful heroism of the ordinary.
In a small, dusty town in India, Sripathi Rao struggles as a copywriter to keep his family afloat in their crumbling ancestral home. But his mother berates him for not becoming a lawyer, his son prefers social protest to work, his unmarried sister seethes with repressed desire, and his wife, though subservient, blames him for refusing to communicate with their daughter Maya, who defied tradition, rejecting her proper Brahmin fiancé for a Caucasian husband.
Then a phone call brings tragedy: Maya and her husband have been killed in an accident leaving Sripathi to be their daughter’s guardian.
Sripathi reluctantly travels to Vancouver to bring the child back to India. The child, Nandana, has not spoken a word since her parents’ death. Terrified, she resists her distant grandfather. Filled with guilt about his daughter but unable to express his feelings, Sripathi finds everything in his life falling apart. But with Nandana’s arrival, his world slowly, unexpectedly, finds new hope.
A profound and beautifully-wrought novel about change, differences and the human capacity for hope and love in adversity.
"Badami's prose is lovely, almost poetic, and her ear for dialogue and the idiosyncrasies of her characters' speech rings true."—Richmond Times-Dispatch
"This compelling novel by Indian-born Canadian writer Badami is notable for its character studies and rich descriptions." —Boston Herald
"Engrossing... Fascinating... This book demands to be read straight through." —Washington Post Book World