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Where innocence, deceit and love collide

Anand is a Bangalore success story: successful, well-married, rich. At least, that’s how he appears. But if his little factory is to grow, he needs land and money and, in the New India, neither of these is easy to find.

Kamala, Anand’s family’s maid, lives perilously close to the edge of disaster. She and her clever teenage son have almost nothing, and their small hopes for self-betterment depend on the contentment of Anand’s wife: a woman to whom whims come easily.

But Kamala’s son keeps bad company. Anand’s marriage is in trouble. And the murky world where crime and wealth and politics meet is a dangerous place for good men, and those who rely on them


A vivid exposé of modern India's growing pains
Kirkus (starred review)
[A] well-crafted debut novel... Sankaran firmly establishes her talent through the nuances of her characters and a striking exploration of culture
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
'Strong echoes of Dickens in this vibrant portrait of ambition and struggle in Bangalore'
'Evocative debut depicting life at both ends of Bangalore's social scale. Vivid descriptions make the city as captivating as Sankaran's protagonists'
Daily Mail
'[A] masterful novel... impossible to put down. [A] compelling tale'
Praise for Lavanya Sankaran's The Red Carpet: The Red Carpet reads like a revelation. . . . I recommend this book so highly!
Washington Post
An unusually elegant and nuanced portrait
John Dalton, author of <i>The Inverted Forest </i>
[An] animated debut . . . [These stories] are memorable for their subtle wit and convincing evocation of a dynamic world
Publishers Weekly