The Inheritance of Loss
By Kiran Desai
Published by Penguin
In the north-eastern Himalayas, at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga, in an isolated and crumbling house, there lives an embittered old judge, who wants nothing more than to retire in peace.
But with the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, and the son of his chatty cook trying to stay a step ahead of US immigration services, this is far from easy.
“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.”