An epic saga that charts three generations of an Indian
family in Uganda
In 1972, dictator Idi Amin expelled 80,000 South Asians from
Uganda. Though many had lived in East Africa for generations, they
were given ninety days to flee as their country descended into a
surreal vortex of chaos and murder.
Spanning the years between 1921 and 1975, Where the Air Is
Sweet tells the story of Raju, a young Indian man drawn to
Africa by the human impulse to seek a better life, and the two
generations that follow him and carve a niche for themselves in a
racially stratified colonial and post-colonial society. This is the
story of a family: their loves, their griefs and their sudden
expulsion by one of the world's most terrifying tyrants.
"Beautifully written and brimming with intelligence. A wonderful
debut."-Katrina Onstad, author of the Giller Prize nominee
Everybody Has Everything