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...

Member thoughts

27% Love
53% Like
17% Dislike
  • Jacob O.

    Omaha, NE

    "By melding together the stories of victims, survivors and their families, Mahajan has created an intricate narrative showing the deep seated emotions that plague those who survive a terrible event."

  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "This book about the after effects of a small bomb that kills 2 boys is personal, political, global, local all at once. IThe author really illustrated how someone's beliefs can change over time."

  • Justin S.

    Houston, TX

    "Great book. entertaining and felt new."

  • Komal P.

    Houston , TX

    "beautifully written & executed. my family is originally from India, so despite being born in the US it was nice to see bits of a culture I appreciate btwn the pages of a book. HIGHLY recommend to all."

  • Michele J.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "In a country where bombings are commonplace - what do we know of the victims, the perpetrators and the locations affected? This novel explores what ties us together and then rips us apart. "

  • Amanda M.

    St Paul, MN

    "It took a while for me to get into but once I was there, it was a great slice of like from all perspectives of those involved. And was interesting to see how the incident continued to effect them."

  • Alyssa B.

    Corona, NY

    "Great book and so well written. Makes you really think on how all the little things we do affect the world around us, and makes you think of your connections with people and the world."

  • Shannon T.

    Sterling Heights, MI

    "I learned so much about Indian-Pakistani culture and relations. Slow, but worth it!"

  • Kathryn H.

    Georgetown, MA

    "Heartbreaking, honest and gut wrenching. Thought-provoking and so timely. The proliferation of hate and agony knows no border."

  • Rayne B.

    Oakland, CA

    "Highly compelling, we need to put ourselves into these shoes if we want to understand the world outside the U.S. This is an important read for a scary political climate."

  • Jenn W.

    Mililani, HI

    "I was impressed with how this novel handled serious topics. The writing was beautiful and thought-provoking."