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THE CITY SON

by Samrat Upadhyay

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-3523-0
  2. Pages: 256 pages
  3. Date: September 2014

ABOUT THIS BOOK

In The City Son, acclaimed and award-winning author Samrat Upadhyay has crafted a spare, understated work examining a thorny subject: a scorned wife’s obsession with her husband’s illegitimate son.
When Didi discovers that her husband, the Masterji, has been hiding his beautiful lover and their young son Tarun in a nearby city, she takes the Masterji back into her grasp and expels his second family. Tarun’s mother, heartsick and devastated, slowly begins to lose her mind, and Tarun turns to Didi for the mothering he longs for. But, as Tarun gets older, Didi’s domination of the boy turns from the emotional to the physical, and the damages she inflicts spiral outward, threatening to destroy Tarun’s one true chance at true happiness.
Vivid, potent, disturbing, and gorgeously stark in its execution, The City Son is a novel not soon forgotten.

AUTHOR OF THE BOOK

Samrat Upadhyay is the author of Arresting God in Kathmandu, a Whiting Award winner, The Royal Ghosts, and The Guru of Love, a New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. He has written for The New York Times and has appeared on BBC Radio and National Public Radio. Upadhyay is the Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities at Indiana University.