Kiran Desai   Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard  
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Kiran Desai: an interview

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard: a reading

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard: an excerpt

  Kiran Desai's brilliant debut novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, is a whimsical tale that blends fable-esque magic with satirical comedy. The story is that of Sampath Chawla, born in the fictitious village of Shahkot in the midst of the worst drought in local history. With his birth comes long-awaited torrential rain, and it is obvious from the beginning that there is nothing ordinary about Sampath. After years of failure in school and then work, despite the eccentric love of his idiosyncratic family, Sampath yearns for an escape--for a peaceful, simpler way of life. Thus he flees to a sanctuary outside of Shahkot, where he finds solace within the branches of a guava tree. From his perch Sampath becomes comically misconstrued as a great visionary, a religious guru of sorts. He proceeds to find fame, fortune, and eventual chaos--in the form of bumbling bureaucrats and a group of unruly, liquor-loving monkeys who only Sampath can tame--by bestowing his wisdom upon the many people who make the pilgrimage to meet the Monkey Baba.

In this issue of Bold Type, Kiran Desai offers an author reading, and excerpt and an interview, in which she discusses her unconventional writing process, the globalization of the publishing industry, her famous mother (internationally-acclaimed novelist Anita Desai), and more.
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