Published March 22, 2016.
One of the New York Times Book Review's "10 Best Books of 2016"
Finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards
One of Granta's "Best of Young American Novelists"
Muse India Young Writer Award
"Wonderful...smart, devastating, unpredictable and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout. If you enjoy novels that happily disrupt traditional narratives — about grief, death, violence, politics — I suggest you go out and buy this one. Post haste....thrilling, tender and tragic...generous without prejudice, which feels at once subversive and refreshing."
—Fiona Maazel, The New York Times Book Review
“A mind-blowing book on many, many levels. The characterisation is extraordinary...A very extraordinary book.”
"Karan Mahajan, who is 31, maps the nature of terrorist violence--from the stirrings of disaffection to its deadly outburst and embittered aftermath--in a completely original way...His laser beam penetrates larger conflicts of class, creed and region, from the upper middle-class drawing rooms of Delhi to the intense alienation brewing in the small towns of Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh...its careful layering of verisimilitude makes it a bold work of the imagination."
—Sunil Sethi, Business Standard (India)
"In this fine novel, Karan Mahajan has achieved a brilliant and distinctive success. The sources, and unbearable, unending, consequences of a terrorist atrocity constitute a subject extremely difficult to capture in a work of serious literature. But with his intelligence, humanity, and art, Mahajan has given us a deep portrait of life in a kind of darkness."
—Norman Rush, National Book Award-winning author of Mating and Mortals
"‘I can’t remember the last time I read a book which conjured a world so rich and so convincing."
—Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time