A Sin of Color by Sunetra Gupta

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Debendranath Roy, presumed dead, leaves behind a pale, languishing wife and a mystery that takes 20 years to unfold. His hidden passion for his brother's wife, his own wife's unrequited love and his niece's obsession to uncover the truth create the beauty, power and tension of this story.

A Sin of Color tells the story of three generations, and of a house in Calcutta called Mandalay. It is to Mandalay that Debendranath's father brings his young bride after their wedding. And it is to Mandalay that Debendranath's older brother brings his own wife, the woman with whom Debendranath falls in love. Fleeing the house, his family and his ill-fated love for a married woman, Debendranath leaves for England. But he cannot escape his passion-and years later, neither can his niece, Niharika, a beautiful and talented writer.

About Sunetra Gupta

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Sunetra Gupta's previous four novels have been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Southern Arts Literature Prize, shortlisted for the Crossword Award, and long listed for the Orange Prize. Sunetra was born in Calcutta and now lives in Oxford, where she is a professor of theoretical epidemiology at Oxford University.
Published March 1, 1999 by Sourcebooks. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Jennifer becomes close to Reba’s daughter Niharika, but the visit only reminds Debendranath how much he still loves Reba, and shortly after he and Jennifer return to England he takes a punt out onto the Cherwell river, and—assumed to have drowned—is not seen again for 20 years.

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In a novel of rare beauty, Gupta (Memories of Rain) tells a mesmerizing tale of obsession, mystery and unrequited love spanning three generations.

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