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Freedom Song, his acclaimed trilogy of short novels, established Amit Chaudhuri as one of our most distinctive Indian writers. In A New World he once again infuses a quiet tale of family life with extraordinary depth and compassion.
A year after his divorce, Jayojit Chatterjee travels to his native Calcutta with his young son to visit his parents. Together, the unlikely foursome struggles to pass the protracted hours of summer, each in his or her own way mourning Jayojit’s recently failed marriage. And as Jayojit walks the bustling streets of Calcutta, he is not only caught between clashing memories of India and America, but between different versions of his life, revisiting both realized potential and lost opportunity. A New World is a richly evoked and tender tale from one of the most gifted writers working in English today.
“Chaudhuri employs both art and risk…. The writing is lovely.”–The New York Times Book Review
“In an age in which many writers are doing the literary equivalent of handstands to catch out attention, Chaudhuri proceeds with quiet, unobtrusive confidence.”–Los Angeles Times