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Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life

We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother, Birju, are waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.

Week of February 2, 2015

Releases for the week of February 2nd include DESTROYER ANGEL, book 19 in Nevada Barr's series of mysteries starring Nation Park Ranger Anna Pigeon; NEW LIFE, NO INSTRUCTIONS, Gail Caldwell's memoir about a dramatic turning point in her life that unexpectedly opened up a world of understanding, possibility and connection; and SHOTGUN LOVESONGS, Nickolas Butler's debut novel in which four boyhood friends --- and a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives --- are all brought together for a wedding in the small Wisconsin town of Little Wing.