Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai

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Hailed as "unsparing, yet tender and funny,"* FASTING, FEASTING brilliantly confirms Anita Desai's place among today's foremost Indian writers. FASTING, FEASTING takes on Desai's greatest theme: the intricate, delicate web of family conflict. It tells the moving story of Uma, the plain older daughter of an Indian family, tied to the household of her childhood and tending to her parents' every extravagant demand, and of her younger brother, Arun, across the world in Massachusetts, bewildered by his new life in college and the suburbs, where he lives with the Patton family. First published in Britain to rave reviews, FASTING, FEASTING is "rich in the sensuous atmosphere, elegiac pathos, and bleak comedy at which the author excels" (The Spectator). From the overpowering warmth of Indian culture to the cool center of the American family, it captures the physical -- and emotional -- fasting and feasting that define two distinct cultures. *(Times Literary Supplement)

About Anita Desai

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ANITA DESAI is the author of Fasting, Feasting, Baumgartner's Bombay, Clear Light of Day, and Diamond Dust, among other works. Three of her books have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Desai was born and educated in India and now lives in the New York City area.
Published January 3, 2000 by Mariner Books. 244 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Short-listed for the 1999 Booker Prize, Desai's stunning new novel (after Journey to Ithaca) looks gently but without sentimentality at an Indian family that, despite Western influence, is bound by Eastern traditions.

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His desire to be alone was also not fulfilled to the extent he wants "Fasting, Feasting," the story unexpectedly shifts to present-tense Boston, where depressing Arun is spending his own imprisoned summer accommodation with an American family, the Pattons.In the US he finds the world of excesses ...

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