An international event: a remarkable first novel of modern India, weaving together a rich tapestry of social manners and mores, ambition, greed, and love, which will establish Lavanya Sankaran as one of the most gifted and original writers of fiction today.
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
Lavanya Sankaran's first collection of stories, THE RED CARPET, was critically acclaimed in the UK and the US and a bestseller in India. She attended Bryn Mawr College and has worked in investment banking in New York and consulting in India. THE HOPE FACTORY is her first novel.Like The Namesake
and The White Tiger
, books about Indian family life and its entrenched caste system have universal reach and the potential to become bestsellers, and Lavanya Sankaran, US-educated and a resident of Bangalore, has observed much of what she describes first hand.The Hope Factory
has already received a starred Kirkus Review
Praise for Lavanya Sankaran's previous novel, THE RED CARPET:
'I recommend this book so highly!' Washington Post 'THE RED CARPET [is] easily one of the most unselfconscious and engaging debuts of the year... This is a book for the reader. Any reader, anywhere' India Today 'Sankaran's tales... seem incapable of hitting a false note'US Elle '[An] animated debut collection... [These stories] are memorable for their wit and convincing evocation of a dynamic world' Publishers Weekly 'The prose is superb: it is not racy but absorbing; elegant with an economy that never skips the detail; discerning and descriptive without being overtly judgmental; mischievous, mocking, even wicked but never malicious or derisive' Tribune, India
Indian fiction is huge in the UK and globally, as shown by the success of authors such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Aravind Adiga, Manil Suri and Arandhati Roy, and THE HOPE FACTORY, long-awaited in the US and India, has immense international potential