Selection Day by Aravind Adiga
A Novel

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Adiga’s prose has a bustling energy that makes it highly readable but also reduces characters to certain cartoonish traits, such as the slanted furrow in Manju’s forehead that appears whenever he thinks deeply...
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From Aravind Adiga, the bestselling, Booker Prize­–winning author of The White Tiger, a dazzling new novel about two brothers in a Mumbai slum who are raised by their obsessive father to become cricket stars, and whose coming of age threatens their relationship, future, and sense of themselves.

Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket—if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn’t know. Sometimes it even seems as though everyone has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself. When Manju meets Radha’s great rival, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, everything in Manju’s world begins to change, and he is faced by decisions that will challenge his understanding of it, as well as his own self.

Filled with unforgettable characters from across India’s social strata—the old scout everyone calls Tommy Sir; Anand Mehta, the big-dreaming investor; Sofia, a wealthy, beautiful girl and the boys’ biggest fan—this book combines the best of The Art of Fielding and Slumdog Millionaire for a compulsive, moving story of adolescence and ambition, fathers, sons, and brothers. Selection Day is Adiga’s most absorbing, big-hearted novel to date, and proves why “with his gripping, amusing glimpse into the contradictions and perils of modern India, Aravind Adiga has cemented his reputation as the preeminent chronicler of his country’s messy present” (Newsweek).
 

About Aravind Adiga

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Aravind Adiga was born in India in 1974 and raised partly in Australia. He attended Columbia and Oxford Universities. A former correspondent for Time magazine, he has also been published in the Financial Times. He lives in Mumbai, India. British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian, and from the very real life of Napoleon to the entirely imagined lives of sorcerers and swashbucklers. He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009. Lee is also an accomplished stage actor and wrote and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit.
 
Published January 3, 2017 by Scribner. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kamila Shamsie on Sep 10 2016

It seems clear that Adiga is setting us up for a story in which one brother will rise and one will fall – but knowing this does nothing to detract from the enjoyment of the story.

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Reviewed by Sukhdev Sandhu on Aug 23 2016

...Adiga has written another snarling, witty state-of-the-nation address about a country in thrall to values that 19th-century moralists would have damned as “not cricket”.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Jan 17 2017

...Selection Day is not perfect. Its plot loses altitude on occasion. Its pace once or twice resembles the cricket match Groucho complained about. But I don’t come to novels for plot – or I rarely do, at any rate. What this novel offers is the sound of a serious and nervy writer working at near the top of his form.

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Reviewed by Ludovic Hunter-Tilney on Sep 02 2016

Adiga’s prose has a bustling energy that makes it highly readable but also reduces characters to certain cartoonish traits, such as the slanted furrow in Manju’s forehead that appears whenever he thinks deeply...

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