A Passion in the Desert: Thomas E. Kennedy

The title of this book is borrowed from a story by Balzac about betrayal and mistrust, two threads running through the book. The third is love, with all its inadequacies and flaws. Fred Twomey is a creative writing professor, married with two sons. He has a reasonably good life—married to Jenny, an artist, with two …

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My Father’s Zoo: Esther David

Review by Sadhana Ramchander How many people you know grew up in a zoo? How many people you know have a father who started a zoo? This is the stuff of my own childhood dreams (before zoos became bad places), and I became very excited when I saw this book at the Hyderabad Literary Festival …

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The Neapolitan Novels: Elena Ferrante

The Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante’s four-piece masterwork, is rightly the literary sensation of its time. The epic narrative, sweeping over decades, gallivanting across the life of a neighbourhood – a city – a country – an epoch, rummaging through the lives of the two protagonists, a pair locked in an inescapable lifelong bond, a bond …

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