The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay

The Aunt Who Wouldn't DieThe book is still available to request as of 28th July 2019

Due to the ways I actually get my hands on books and where I get my recommendations, I rarely read books by Indian authors. When I saw this small book available for request I wanted to give it a try to mend that fact.

The story is of one family, a family so trapped by the inertia of their past wealth that they cannot seem to do anything constructive. We are given a complete picture of the family living under one roof and the circumstances that cause the change to their circumstances. There is a sudden shift in between in the narrative and the dual narrative only made sense further into the story. The aunt in the title is the woman who heralds the change by dying, but not really. She hovers as an evil spirit trying to tempt our original narrator Lata into betraying her true instincts. The way those exchanges go and how Lata actually deals with it all made me relish the character(of Lata, not the aunt). There was a loss of flow in between / some conversations felt a little choppy, which I think comes as part of translated works from certain languages. It did not bother me as it would have with any other story.  This book would be an interesting one to debate with a group of people to thrash out all the various characters, their flaws, and their learning curves.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is completely based on my own reading experience

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