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Literary Fiction

The Association of Small Bombs

by Karan Mahajan

Quick take

A novel that takes us all the way around the bombing, a story about the lives of the victims, the survivors and the bomber. A novel about India that is a novel about the world.

Why I love it

"A good bombing begins everywhere at once." An explosion usually brings with it the urge to run away - to cover and hide - but the second sentence in Karan Mahajan's novel leads us deeper into the devastation instead. Two young sons are killed in a bombing while picking up a television at a Delhi market; their parents struggle with the knowledge that their children died on such a trivia...

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    May 2016 selections