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Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

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“Family Matters” is a novel written by Indian-Canadian author Rohinton Mistry. It was first published in 2002. The novel is set in Mumbai, India, and explores the intricacies of family relationships against the backdrop of a changing society.

The central character of the story is Nariman Vakeel, an elderly Parsi widower suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The narrative revolves around Nariman’s complex family dynamics, involving his stepchildren, stepdaughter Coomy, and stepson Jal. When Nariman’s health deteriorates, the family must come together to make decisions about his care and well-being.

“Family Matters” delves into themes of aging, familial obligations, and the challenges of caring for elderly family members. Mistry’s writing is known for its compassion, rich character development, and its exploration of the socio-political landscape of India.

The novel received critical acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of characters and its exploration of universal themes within an Indian cultural context. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction and won the Kiriyama Prize for Fiction. If you appreciate family sagas with deep emotional resonance and cultural insight, “Family Matters” may be a compelling read for you.


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