Adiga's (www.aravindadiga.com) second book-following the Man Booker Prize winner The White Tiger (2008), also available from Tantor Media-collects 12 interwoven stories set in Kittur, India, in the years between the 1984 and 1991 assassinations, respectively, of prime ministers Indira Gandhi and her son, Rajiv Gandhi. Adiga paints a striking contrast between the public and private realities of life in Kittur, while actor Harsh Nayyar conveys the appropriate balance of enthusiasm and pathos, his accent lending credibility to the narrative. Those liking fiction exploring social issues and/or stories about India will enjoy. [The Free Pr: S. & S. hc also received a starred review, LJ 6/1/09.-Ed.]-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.