The City of Good Death - Priyanka Champaneri
AUTHOR : Priyanka Champaneri
GENRE : FICTION
QUICK TAKE: The Good Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Priyanka Champaneri's transcendent debut novel takes us to the holy city of Banaras, where the manager of a death hostel shepherds the dying who seek the release of a good death, while his own past refuses to let him go
As the dutiful manager of a death hostel in Kashi, Pramesh welcomes the
dying and assists the families bound for the funeral pyres that burn constantly
on the ghats ..'The soul is gone, the body is burnt, the time is past,' he tells
them .'Detach'. After ten years in the timeless city, Pramesh can nearly
persuade himself that here there is no past or future. He lives contentedly
with his wife, Shobha, their young daughter, Rani, the hostel priests, his
hapless but winning assistant, and the constant flow of families with their
dying. But one day the past arrives in the lifeless form of a man pulled from
the river a man with an uncanny resemblance to Pramesh. Called 'twins' in
their childhood village, he and his cousin Sagar were inseparable until
Pramesh left to see the world and Sagar stayed back to look after the land.
After Pramesh married Shobha, defying his family's wishes, a rift opened up
between the cousins that he had long since tried to forget. For Shobha,
Sagar's re emergence casts a shadow over the life she's built for her family
Soon, an unwelcome guest takes up residence in the death hostel, the dying
mysteriously continue to live and Pramesh is forced to confront his own ideas
about death, rebirth and redemption. Told in lush, vivid detail with an
unforgettable cast of characters, The City of Good Death is a remarkable debut novel about family and love, memory and ritual, and the ways in which we honour the living and the dead.
Priyanka Champaneri received her MFA in creative writing from George
Mason University and has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative
Arts numerous times She received the 2018 Restless Books Prize for New
Immigrant Writing for the manuscript of The City of Good Death her first novel
This book will be released ~ 15th February
Pages : 448
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