A Suitable Boy: A Novel by Vikram SethA Suitable Boy: A Novel by Vikram Seth

A Suitable Boy: A Novel

byVikram Seth

Paperback | October 4, 2005

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Vikram Seth's novel is, at its core, a love story: Lata and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find -- through love or through exacting maternal appraisal -- a suitable boy for Lata to marry. Set in the early 1950s, in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, A Suitable Boy takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves. A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multiethnic society in flux, A Suitable Boy remains the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love and ambition, humor and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette and the most appalling violence.

Title:A Suitable Boy: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1488 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 2.38 inPublished:October 4, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060786523

ISBN - 13:9780060786526

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