At a glance:
- Author: Anita Desai
- First Published: 1999
- Type of Work: Novel
- Genres: Long fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Family or family life, United States or Americans, Mothers, Parents and children, Murder or homicide, Marriage, Brothers and sisters, Fathers, India or East Indian people, Single people
In Fasting, Feasting Desai focuses on the children of a conservative, upper-middle-class Indian family living in a provincial town southwest of Bombay. Desai is as much interested in the family dynamics as in the effects of strict patriarchy on the next generation.
As the novel opens, husband and wife, who have become so much like one person that Uma refers to them as MamaPapa, sit on their favorite veranda swing. The place is symbolic for the static nature of their lives now that Papa has retired as a lawyer and his children are adults. Uma is there to...
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