(Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize) This collection of stories from the author of the Man Booker Prize winner The White Tiger is set in the fictional Indian city Kittur, in the period between the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and that of her son Rajiv in 1991. In a series of sketches that together form a brilliant mosaic of Indian life, Aravind Adiga introduces a mosquito-repellant sprayer who aspires to be a chauffeur, a schoolboy-turned-terrorist, and a young Marxist in love.
"In these stories, Adiga displays the full range of his imagination. This is fiction at its most ambitious and incisive and every bit as impressive as his debut."—Telegraph (UK)