The Village by the Sea: An Indian Family Story

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Allied, 1982 - Families - 156 pages
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When their family falls on hard times, thirteen-year-old Lila and her twelve-year-old brother, Hari, try desperately to keep their home intact--an almost impossible task until Hari gets a chance to go to Bombay and returns with some positive plans for the future.

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

The family in Village By the Sea is deeply poor in India. The father, like the father in Distance Between Us, mentally and emotionally retreats from the family through alcoholism. The mother mentally ... Read full review

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

Simplistic, but it is supposed to be aimed at younger readers. Rather like a watered down version of Rohinton Mistry's 'A Fine Balance' - it deals with the injustices, and the extreme difficulty of ... Read full review

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Anita Desai was born in Mussoorie, India, in 1937 of Indian and German parentage. Her works focus on relationships and family life in India, particularly the problems of women in Indian society. She has written for both adults and children, winning the Winifred Holtby Prize from the Royal Society of Literature for Fire on the Mountain (1977) and the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction for her novel The Village by the Sea (1982). Among her numerous other honors is a Literary Lion Award from the New York Public Library in 1993. Desai came to America in 1987. She has taught at Mount Holyoke College, Baruch College, and Smithe College. Desai is currently Emeritus John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at MIT.

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