Book review: This Place by Amitabha Bagchi


Review of This Place in The Mint

Set in Baltimore, in the US, Bagchi’s story features characters who, in the hands of a lesser novelist, could have easily become walking clichés—a Pakistani restaurant owner, an Indian cab driver turned accountant, and an Indian woman on the run from her newly-wedded philandering husband, among others. But in Bagchi’s sophisticated telling (except for a couple of somewhat unwarranted and cringe-making details of sexual encounters), the novel outgrows every expectation that the plot seems to set up for the reader.

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