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On the outside, the protagonist of this stylish debut novel seems to have it all together, but the grief she is still feeling after the loss of her father her to live a a divided existed and constructs a barrier between between the day-to-day reality of what she's experiencing with people her age, this life that she's leading, and a feeling of estrangement, grief, and need?
The world these characters inhabit—rent is nuts, nobody is getting younger, and everyone remains unsatisfied, always wanting something more—the emotions they struggle to understand (and even feel), their ambivalence and confusion about the future, work, the political issues of the day, relationships, and each other all weave together to create the background for a poignant story about loss.
“An intimate, epiphanic portrait of millennial city life.” —The Guardian
“Bedford beautifully portrays life of an Australian Indian writer struggling with grief a year after the death of her father [ . . . ] An insightful view of a city in flux.”—Publishers Weekly
“An achingly relatable, thought-provoking and compelling debut, full of gorgeous sentences that stopped me in my tracks." —Ewa Ramsey, author of The Morbids