Monday, June 23, 2014

Lost Boy available outside South Asia

The electronic version of my book, Not Only the Things That Have Happened, is now available outside the subcontinent. It's been re-titled 'Lost Boy' and is available at Amazon in Kindle format for a very good price. The beautiful cover was designed by my son, Akshay. 

If you have a Kindle reader, you know what to do. If you read e-books on devices that use Android, IOS, or Windows, those also work. All you need to do is download the free Kindle app from the App Store or Google Play, then you buy the book on Amazon and log-in to your new Kindle App using your Amazon email ID. There are some instructions here. A friend of mine who has an IPad but had never used Kindle, said he was able to figure this out in less than ten minutes.  

For those of not familiar with the book, the print version was reviewed widely in the Indian press.  A few of my favorite snippets are below. You can read longer excerpts and find links to the full version of the reviews here
Koshy manages to touch upon the politics of adoption, language, exile, identity. Such a novel could easily have fallen into the trap of being dull and worthy. That it doesn't is something of a triumph; this is a fantastic book.  --Aishwarya Subramanian, Hindustan Times.

Koshy is a deft literary seamstress, intricately weaving a tapestry of voices and offering us a rich, layered glimpse into the workings of memory, community and family.--Janice Pariat, The Sunday Guardian.

The result is a novel that is complex, yet so elegantly written that it manages to read lightly and pleasurably, without ever showing its inner workings.--Anvar Alikhan, India Today.
Koshy’s writing is dense and layered in the way of an onion: peeling involves tears and eating involves pungency, but the stinging rawness of the process is ultimately rewarding, if disquieting.-- Manasi Subramaniam, Biblio.

In prose that is layered and complex... the novel draws you in the way an epic does. --Anupama Raju, The Hindu
The immersion in the lives of the people of this region is almost Faulknerian in its intensity, along with the milieu against which they have come of age: The influence of Catholicism, the grip of caste, trade union and Left movements and the distance between the impoverished village and the bustling city. --Sanjay Sipahimalani, Mint Lounge.
Motherhood looms very large – and in many forms – in the book as well... Not Only the Things That Have Happened is far from schmaltzy, rather feeling its way through the kinds of lack that cannot be blotted out. The novel retains Koshy’s characteristically measured, poetic voice with its undertow of unease. --Naintara Maya Oberoi, Time Out India

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