A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Set in 1950s India, this epic novel follows the story of four families over a period of 18 months, focusing primarily on the young woman Lata and her mother's quest to find her a suitable husband. The narrative explores the political, social, and personal upheavals in a newly independent India, struggling with its own identity amidst the backdrop of a society grappling with religious tensions, land reforms, and the shaping of a modern democratic state. Lata's journey is an exploration of love, ambition, and the weight of familial duty.

The 333rd greatest book of all time


Published
1993
Nationality
Indian
Type
Fiction
Pages
1349-1500
Words
591,554
Original Language
English

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