GYAAN ADAB invites you to the launch of
‘THE LIVING’ A novel by Anjali Joseph(Published by Harper Collins)
‘A beautiful and profound book that distils, with uncanny precision and truthfulness, the flow and movement of inner lives deep under the surface of things. Joseph has dug at one of the hardest spots in the terrain of form and come up with a luminous and rare jewel.’
– Neel Mukherjee, author of The Lives of Others
ABOUT THE NOVEL
THE LIVING is the story of two lives. Claire is a young single mother working in one of England’s last surviving shoe factories, her adult life formed by a teenage relationship. Is she ready to move on from memory and the routine of her days? Arun, an older man in a western Indian town, makes hand-sewn chappals at home. A recovered alcoholic, now a grandfather, he negotiates the newfound indignities of old age while returning in thought to the extramarital affair he had years earlier.
These lives are woven through with the ongoing discipline of work and the responsibility and tedium of family life. Lives laced with the joys of old friendship, the pleasure of sex, and the redemptive kindness of one’s own children. This is the story of the living.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ANJALI JOSEPH was born in Bombay in 1978. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne. More recently she wrote for the Times of India in Bombay and was Commissioning Editor for ELLE (India). She has graduated in MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.
Her first novel Saraswati Park won the Betty Trask Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction. Another Country, her second novel, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. The Living is her third novel.