Buddha's Orphans by Samrat Upadhyay

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Called “a Buddhist Chekhov” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Samrat Upadhyay’s writing has been praised by Amitav Ghosh and Suketu Mehta, and compared with the work of Akhil Sharma and Jhumpa Lahiri.
Upadhyay’s new novel, Buddha’s Orphans, uses Nepal’s political upheavals of the past century as a backdrop to the story of an orphan boy, Raja, and the girl he is fated to love, Nilu, a daughter of privilege.Their love story scandalizes both families and takes readers through time and across the globe, through the loss of and search for children, and through several generations, hinting that perhaps old bends can, in fact, be righted in future branches of a family tree.
Buddha’s Orphans is a novel permeated with the sense of how we are irreparably connected to the mothers who birthed us and of the way events of the past, even those we are ignorant of, inevitably haunt the present. But most of all it is an engrossing, unconventional love story and a seductive
and transporting read.

 

 

About Samrat Upadhyay

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SAMRAT UPADHYAY is the author of Arresting God in Kathmandu, which earned him a Whiting Award, and The Guru of Love, which was a New York Times Notable Book, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize, and a Book Sense 76 pick. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and teaches creative writing and literature at Indiana University.
 
Published June 30, 2010 by Mariner Books. 453 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This absorbing novel is as rich in its quiet moments of loneliness and tea making as it is powerful in its presentation of an ancient culture perpetuating its own misogyny. Over four generations, Kath

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A couple learn to live with each other and their pasts in this novel of Nepal.

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“Days drifted by, and Raja still lived in Dillibazar, and she still didn’t turn on the lights when she got home in the evenings.” Then Nilu discovers that Raja has begun keeping company with a young music student, claiming that he is merely teaching her English, a thin excuse it seems to Nilu, wh...

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By the novel's conclusion, it becomes clear that there is no escape from how tightly we're bound to one another, whether we live in prosperous America or poor Nepal, and that there's no escape from suffering.

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