A collection of interconnected short stories, set in a Catholic town in India, follows the lives of its multi-generational inhabitants, including a woman who returns from the U.S. for her mother's cataract surgery, an eccentric and outspoken aunt who leaves home without a trace, and an older man who sees his long-dead parent riding around town. A first collection. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
These interconnected short stories feature the members of the Almeida family, a clan of Catholic Indians who immigrate to America. Between stories, characters move from childhood to adulthood, and a minor character in one becomes the protagonist in the next. As a whole, the collection provides a multi-faceted and mesmerizing portrait of a multi-cultural family.