Cracking India

Cracking India

Cracking India

“A mysterious and wonderful novel.” —WASHINGTON POST
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“India is going to be broken. Can one break a country? And what happens if they break it where our house is?”

From “Pakistan’s finest English-language novelist” (New York Times), a spellbinding tale of a young girl’s coming of age during the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. As the young daughter of an affluent Parsee family in Lahore, Lenny is keenly observant of the city’s astonishing diversity. Crippled by polio but lively in spirit, she spends many of her days in Queen’s Park, basking in the hot sun and listening to a colorful cast of characters—Muslims and Hindus, Christians and Sikhs—discuss poetry, love, and politics. But as Lahore descends into sectarian violence, Lenny’s innocence is lost, and with it the fragile unity of a nation.

Richly imagined and eminently contemporary, Cracking India is “one of the finest responses made to the horror of the subdivision of the continent” (New Yorker).

Asian, british, childhood, children, colonialism, coming of age, cultural, differences, diversity, family, girls, growing up, hindus, historical, history, Lahore, multicultural, muslims, novels, Pakistan, Pakistani authors, parsi, partition, polio, political, raj, religious, sectarian, Sikhs, violence, women
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5.5 × 8.5 × 0.81 in
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Bapsi Sidwha

Bapsi Sidhwa has been widely celebrated as the finest novelist produced by her country—the New York Times called her "Pakistan's finest English-language novelist."

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