Faber & Faber - Akhil Sharma: Family Life
Akhil Sharma: Family Life
Akhil Sharma was born in New Delhi and emigrated to the US in the late 1970s. Having initially pursued a career in investment banking he came to prominence as a writer in 2001 with his debut novel, An Obedient Father, which won the Hemingway/PEN Award. In 2007 he was named as one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. So expectations for what Akhil would do next have been high for some time. Family Life, mirroring events in Akhil's own life - Akhil's brother suffered a severe head injury which left him brain-damaged - has been a dozen years in the writing, and has undergone many drafts and considerable pruning. But it's now with us and being rapturously received on both sides of the Atlantic.