When a horrific fire destroys their modest Mumbai restaurant and steals the life of a beloved wife and Mummy, the grief-stricken Haji family emigrates from India. An extended period of mourning spent traveling throughout Europe culminates with this gregarious family opening an inexpensive Indian restaurant in the small alpine town of Lumiere, France. Cultural differences soon escalate between the Haji family and Gertrude Mallory---longtime owner of a two-star restaurant a hundred-feet across the street---leading to a terrible accident jeopardizing the health of fourteen-ye
Road Ends completes Lawson’s trilogy of work set in the remote rural landscape of Northwestern Ontario. The Cartwright’s---a sprawling dysfunctional family with seven children---reside in the small, farming community of Struan. Family patriarch and breadwinner, Edward Cartwright, is manager of the local bank. The story unfolds from multiple points of view alternating between him and the two oldest Cartwright offspring, Tom and Megan, both in their early twenties.
Raised by a band of con-artists and outsiders, Tooly Zylberberg has always led an unconventional life. Taking solace in her isolated existence, she is currently running a failing bookstore in a small village in Wales when an old boyfriend from New York sends her an urgent message about a man from her past he mistakenly believes is her father. Against her better judgment, Tooly flies to New York City and finds that the message was about Humphrey - a self-proclaimed grumpy intellectual from Russia who helped raise her.
Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable as children in their Calcutta neighborhood growing up in the 1960s. Even so, they are opposites and in their twenties their paths diverge. Charismatic Udayan is drawn to politics and a radical communist movement in India.
In 2005, having something of a quarter-life crisis after working as a staffer on a failed presidential campaign, former Ivy leaguer Will Baker leaves New York City and his long term girlfriend for a year-long English graduate program at Oxford University. Will quickly falls into an eclectic group of friends, and in love with smart and elegant British student Sophie. As his year at Oxford progresses, Will increasingly questions his identity and his future. Charles Finch’s vivid, lyrical, coming of age novel perfectly captures the bittersweet magic of studying abroad.