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Man Booker Prize Winners (1997-2014)

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The Inheritance of Loss (2006)
By Kiran Desai

Political and familial tensions course through The Inheritance of Loss, set in the Himalayan foothills during the 1980s, when the Nepalese movement for an independent state was about to erupt. Desai portrays poverty, love, class, modernization, and cultural identity through the lives, struggles, and romances of the characters: Jemubhai, a Cambridge-educated judge, and his orphaned 17-year-old granddaughter, Sai.

Fun Fact: The daughter of novelist Anita Desai (author of 1984's In Custody), Kiran Desai grew up in India, England, and the United States.

Next: The Gathering (2007)
By Anne Enright


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