A modern classic, this epic tale of families, romance and political intrigue never loses its power to delight and enchant readers.
Vikram Seth’s novel is, at its core, a love story: the tale of Lata – and her mother’s – attempts to find her a suitable husband, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal.
At the same time, it is the story of India, newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis as a sixth of the world’s population faces its first great general election and the chance to map its own destiny.
‘A Suitable Boy may prove to be the most fecund as well as the most prodigious work of the latter half of this century – perhaps even the book to restore the serious reading public’s faith in the contemporary novel … You should make time for it. It will keep you company for the rest of your life’ Daniel Johnson, The Times