All the Fishes Come Home to Roost: An American Misfit in India (Paperback)
An American Misfit in India
Rodale Books, 9781594865268, 339pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2006
When she was seven, Rachel Manija Brown's parents, post-60s hippies, uprooted her from her native California and moved to an ashram in a cobra-ridden, drought-stricken spot in India. Cavorting through these pages are some wonderfully eccentric characters: the ashram head, Meher Baba, best known as the guru to Pete Townshend of The Who; the librarian, who grunts and howls nightly outside Rachel's window; a holy madman, who shuffles about collecting invisible objects; a middle-aged male virgin, who begs Rachel to critique his epic spiritual poems; and a delusional Russian who arrives at the ashram proclaiming he is Meher Baba reincarnated.
Astutely observed and laugh-out-loud funny, "All the Fishes Come Home to Roost" is an astonishing debut memoir now available in paperback and the arrival of a major new literary talent. The hardcover edition was named a Book Sense Pick and was selected as a Book of the Week by BN.com's Book Club.
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Praise For All the Fishes Come Home to Roost: An American Misfit in India…
"Reads like a novel and lingers in the mind." --Kirkus review
"Like David Sedaris . . . Brown allows the reader to laugh and wince at the same time."--Library Journal review "One of the fall's most promising memoirs" --USA Today
"Horrific childhood: check. Searing, indelible prose: check. Comparisons to Augusten Burroughs' Running with Scissors: check (and they're richly deserved). Grade: A" --Entertainment Weekly