Set against the tumult of the 1947 Partition, Manju Kapur's acclaimed first novel captures a life torn between family, desire, and love
The one thing I had wanted was not to be like my mother.
Virmati is the eldest of 11 children, born to a respectable family in Amritsar. Her world is shaken when she falls in love with a married man.
Charismatic Harish is a respected professor and her family's tenant. Virmati takes up with Harish and finds herself living alongside his first wife.
Set in Amritsar and Lahore and narrated by Virmati and her daughter, Ida, a divorcée on a quest to understand and connect with her departed mother, Difficult Daughters is a stunning tale of motherhood, love, and finding one's identity in a nation struggling to discover its own.
Winner of the 1999 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book (Eurasia Region) and shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award in India.
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Manju Kapur was born in Amritsar. She is a teacher of English literature at Miranda House College, Delhi University, and has four children. Researching and writing Difficult Daughters, her first novel, took her five years.
"This is a skilful, enticing first novel by an Indian writer who prefers reality to magic realism. Manju Kapur's sensuous pages re-create an intimate world where family groups sleep in the open air on the roof and wash themselves in the yard in the dewy cool of morning, where love-making is furtive and urgent because another wife may be listening, and women's lives move to a complex choreography of cooking, washing, weaving and mending, growing, picking, chopping and blending...This book offers a completely imagined, aromatic, complex world, a rare thing in first novels." --Maggie Gee, Sunday Times
"Kapur's book is steeped in exquisite melancholy." --Guardian
"Kapur writes with quiet intelligence and wry, deadpan humour. Set against the bloody backdrop of Partition, this is a powerful portrait of a society where shame is more important than grief, pragmatism goes hand-in-hand with superstition, and a pregnant wife has to share a bed with her mother-in-law." --Observer
"An urgent and important story about family and partitions and love." --Vikram Chandra
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Descrizione libro Penguin Books, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 1. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0140278621
Descrizione libro Penguin Books, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 140278621
Descrizione libro Penguin Books, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0140278621