A Suitable Boy
A NovelBook - 1993 | 1st U.S. ed.
A thick slice-of-life novel follows the destinies of four large families in turbulent postcolonial India in the fifties, where Hindu, Muslim, and Westerner clash while a general election promises to transform the political landscape. Reader's Guide available. Reissue. 30,000 first printing.
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.