The Lilac House by Anita Nair

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Nair’s story may appeal to readers who enjoy novels set in India, but most will want to pass on this overwritten tale.
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Meera is happily submerged in the role of corporate wife and cookbook writer. Then, one day, her husband fails to come home. Overnight, Meera, disoriented and emotionally fragile, becomes responsible not just for her two children, but also her mother, grandmother and the running of Lilac House, their rambling old family home in Bangalore.

A few streets away, Professor J.A. Krishnamurthy or Jak, cyclone studies expert, has recently returned from Florida, to care for his nineteen-year-old daughter, the victim of a tragic accident. What happened on her holiday in a small beachside village? The police will not help, Smriti’s friends have vanished, and a wall of silence and fear surrounds the incident. But Jak cannot rest until he gets to the truth.

Meera and of Jak's paths intertwine as they uncover the truth about the secrets of their pasts and the promise of the future. The Lilac House is a sweeping story of redemption, forgiveness and second chances.

 

About Anita Nair

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Anita Nair lives in Bangalore, India. Her books have been published in several languages around the world.  Her last novel, Mistress, was long listed for the 2008 Orange Prize in the UK, and named a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award in the U.S. The Lilac House was recently adapted for stage and film in India.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 352 pages
Genres: Other, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

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Apr 01 2012

Nair’s story may appeal to readers who enjoy novels set in India, but most will want to pass on this overwritten tale.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Apr 24 2012

The characters are vibrant and well-written, and though the book could have easily become dry, Nair ensures that it’s full of the wonder and richness that readers of literary fiction truly enjoy.

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Stargazerpuj's Book Blog

Good
Jun 26 2012

The Lilac House is a beautifully told story of regret, redemption, and revival.

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Novel Escapes

Below average
Reviewed by Lydia on Apr 25 2012

Initially intrigued, this novel slowly unraveled for me and unfortunately I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I had hoped.

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Tethered Mommy

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Reviewed by Maggie on Mar 31 2012

Eventually the story does come full circle to connect all of the characters we read about in the very beginning but it seems to take longer than it should.

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Review Room

Good
Reviewed by Amodini on Apr 28 2012

The author manages to tell an interesting tale even as she skillfully embeds life’s truth’s in them...

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La Bibliofille

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Reviewed by Alice McNamara on Mar 05 2012

The plot is convoluted, and there are far too many characters.

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