by Alice Albinia - £8.99 Vintage (2012)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780099548492 | ISBN 10: 0099548496
Shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award.
Leela - alluring, taciturn, haunted - is moving back to Delhi after years of exile in New York. She knows her return will disrupt precariously balanced lives. Twenty years ago her sister Meera died, taking a devastating secret with her. Now, as the family gathers for a wedding, Leela must sift truth from fiction. Meanwhile the bride's father plots political conquest, the groom realises that he has fallen in love with his brother-in-law to be, and Ganesh - elephant-headed god and scribe of India's great epic, the Mahabharata - claims both Leela and the novel as his own creation.
Brilliantly playful and entertaining, Leela's Book weaves a poignant tale of contemporary life in an ancient city.
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