The Windfall by Diksha Basu was published on June 27th 2017 by Crown Publishing. SYNOPSIS: A heartfelt comedy of manners, Diksha Basu’s debut novel unfolds the story of a family discovering what it means to “make it” in modern India. For the past thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha’s lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, gossipy neighbors, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages. They thought they’d settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son’s acceptance into an American business school. But then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich sideof town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status: skinny ties, hired guards, shoe-polishing machines, and all. The move sets off a chain of events that rock their neighbors, their marriage, and their son, who is struggling to keep a lid on his romantic dilemmas and slipping grades, and brings unintended consequences, ultimately forcing the Jha family to reckon with what really matters. Hilarious and wise, The Windfall illuminates with warmth and charm the precariousness of social status, the fragility of pride, and, above all, the human drive to build and share a home. Even the rich, it turns out, need to belong somewhere.
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About the author: Diksha Basu is a writer and occasional actor. Originally from New Delhi, India, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and now divides her time between New York City and Mumbai.
My thoughts: The Windfall is a really funny book that is about a family adjusting to life on the wealthy side of town after coming into a large sum of money. The author creates a very real life list of middle class characters that all most everyone can relate to. The plot line and settings are somewhat typical of a novel about trying to fit into an upper class lifestyle by trying to buy their way and prove their worth. This trying to one up the neighbors makes it a fun read that will at times having you laughing. However, not everything is as it seems because while they are living this new lavish lifestyle their son is flunking out of school and everyone is experiencing a lot of stress trying to keep up. Overall, I found this to be a fun read that some people can relate to. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
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