After years of absence, American travel writer Max Gate returns to Bengal, to the beach home of his longtime friend, the businessman Byron Mallick. The occasion is a funeral: for Damini, fervent investigative journalist and founder of a women's shelter, with whom Max once collaborated, until ultimately she scorned the book he wrote on their work together. It is irrefutable that Byron Mallick donated not milk, but milk adulterated with chalk, to the women and children at Damini's shelter-but did he also, to save his reputation, have her killed? The weight of this question burdens each character in this intricate, superbly crafted novel-Max; his former brother-in-law Piers O'Reilly, convinced of Byron's guilt; and Damini's cousin and Byron's former ward Ela, whose affair with Max has haunted both their lives, ending his marriage and setting him unaccountably adrift. Sunetra Gupta's consummate prose recreates the ache and complication of memory, as Max considers the tantalizing ambiguities of each of their pasts, the exquisite layers of emotion and action out of which, perhaps, the truth about Byron may be revealed.
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American travel writer Max Gate returns to the lavish Bengal seaside house of his old friend Byron Mallick on the eve of a funeral, in Gupta's languid rumination on love and opportunities lost, her first novel since A Sin of Color.May 23 2011 | Read Full Review of So Good in Black
He confesses that he was trying to prevent her from exposing him, but only by “pleading with her to let an old man hang on to his reputation.” This opening suggests that “So Good in Black” will be about whether or not Mallick was complicit in Damini’s death - in effect it will be a sort of detect...Jun 17 2011 | Read Full Review of So Good in Black