• As finely written atmospheric pieces alone the stories would be memorable... As social documents they are absorbing. The volume's profound theme is the tension between convention and exploration, family solidarity and individualism... An admirable humane and responsible achievement

    Hermione Lee, Observer
  • One of the most brilliant and subtle writers ever to have described the meeting of eastern and western culture

    Alison Lurie
  • Beautifully accomplished and memorable

    The Times
  • Absolutely first-rate…absorbing

    Hermione Lee, Observer
  • Desai has a gift of opening up a closed world and making it clearly visible

    Sunday Times

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