The Inheritance of Loss

By Kiran Desai
(Grove/Atlantic, Paperback, 9780802142818, 357pp.)

Publication Date: September 2006

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Description

In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. Kiran Desai’s brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.




About the Author
Kiran Desai was born in India in 1971 and educated in India, England, and the United States. She studied creative writing at Columbia University, where she was the recipient of a Woolrich fellowship. Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker" and Salman Rushdie's anthology Mirrorwork: Fifty Years of Indian Writing. In 2006 Desai won the Man Booker Prize for her novel The Inheritance of Loss.


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  1. Discuss the terms globalization and colonialism. What are examples of them in the novel? Discuss them in political and economic terms. How are Noni and Lola stand-ins for the middle class the world over?

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