A multi-award-winning author thrice short-listed for the Booker, Desai is masterly in delivering an acute understanding of her native India-and of the human condition. The India we see in these novellas, which are all set in the recent past, both sustains its inhabitants and keeps them from moving forward. A lovely book for sophisticated readers; good for book clubs. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted."[Q]uiet, meticulous, unflinching meditations on the trajectories of three contemporary lives, and on the Indian cultures and landscapes that helped shape them."--San Francisco Chronicle"[A] collection of three superb novellas . deceptively subtle, slightly surreal and profoundly insightful fiction of a world-class writer...These evocative stories about art and culture are sewn deeply into the fraying fabric of modern-day India. The only thing little about this book is its size."--The Washington Post"...eloquent and understated...[Desai's prose is] distinguished by its sober, often bracing prose, its patient eye for all-telling detail and its humane but penetrating intelligence..."--The New York Times Book Review"'[Desai] proves you can go home again...stirring..."--Marie Claire"In three ensnaring novellas of consummate artistry and profoundly disquieting perceptions, master storyteller Desai reflects on the transforming power and devastating limitations of art... Desai s provocative and mysterious tales of displacement trace the reverberations when the dream of art collides with crushing reality."--Booklist, starred..".poignant and wry...a deft exploration of the limits people place on themselves by trying to cling to the past."--Kirkus Reviews"This collection leaves an indelible impression of the conflicts and ambitions found in a region riddled with conflict."--Publishers Weekly"