Leela's Book (Hardcover)

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A brilliantly playful and entertaining first novel, Leela's Book weaves a wonderful tale of family life in contemporary Delhi.

Leela -- alluring, taciturn, haunted -- is returning to Delhi for the wedding of her husband's niece. After so many years in New York, she knows her arrival will unsettle precariously balanced lives. Twenty-five years ago her sister -- now dead -- was seduced by the groom's father and Leela has her own complicated past with him. Leela's is not the only disruptive presence at the wedding though. The groom's hedonistic twin sister arrives from London, reluctantly leaving her cosmopolitan university life to see her brother married and the groom, meanwhile, has fallen in love with his brother-in-law to be.

About the Author

Born in 1976, ALICE ALBINIA read English Literature at Cambridge, and South Asian History at SOAS. In between, she worked for two years in Delhi as a journalist and editor. Her previous book, Empires of the Indus, won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Authors' Club Dolman Travel Award and the Jerwood/Royal Society of Literature Prize.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781846553745
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Publication Date: July 25th, 2011
Pages: 400