The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran- 371 pages
ARC courtesy of Random House
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, and Anand’s marriage is in trouble. The murky world where crime and land and politics meet is a dangerous place for a good man, particularly one on whom the well-being of so many depends.
My Review: 2.5 stars
This book is a well told story, that I enjoyed, yet when I look back, not much happened in this novel that is overly exciting, maddening or sad. The author has a gift for fluidity which kept the pages turning however I was hopeful for some breakthrough, climax or adventure to happen. This was a brief look into both the lives of a family and that of their staff. Although I enjoyed learning about current day “New India”, I expected much more from it.
Quotes I liked:
- “To regret his marriage was to regret his children, and he could not do that.”
Tags: 2013, Fiction, India
Labels: 2013, Fiction, India