The Inheritance of Loss



by Kiran Desai

This majestic novel of our busy, grasping times illuminates the consequences of colonialism and global conflicts of religion, race and nationalism.


In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace from a world he has found too messy for justice, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorsteps. The judge’s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are claimed by his on, Biju, who is hopscotching from a gritty New York restaurant to another on an elusive search for a green card.

When an Indian-Nepali insurgency in the mountains interrupts Sai’s romance with her Nepali tutor, and causes their lives to descend into chaos, they are forced to consider their colliding interests. The cook witnesses the hierarchy being overturned and discarded. And the judge must revisit his past, and his own journey and role in their intertwining histories.

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Book Condition

Used – Okay




357 pages


First published November 28, 2005


Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction


Booker Prize (2006),
Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2007),
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (2006),
Kiriyama Prize Nominee for Fiction (2007),
Crossword Book Award for Popular (2006),
Βραβείο Λογοτεχνικής Μετάφρασης ΕΚΕΜΕΛ Nominee for Αγγλόφωνη Λογοτεχνία (2008),
Dublin Literary Award Nominee (2008)

The Inheritance of Loss


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