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This is a coming-of-age story unlike any other about two brothers equally good at India's national pastime, Cricket, but disproportionally passionate about it. Each brother must face their domineering, success-obsessed father as they struggle to define themselves or let the world dictate who they are to become.
Selection Day is a heartbreaking but ultimately poignant look into contemporary Indian sports and, arguably, India as a whole. Adiga successfully weaves together cultural archetypes and blends them with unforgettable characters that make his second novel a modern day classic.
From Aravind Adiga, the bestselling, Booker Prize--winning author of The White Tiger
, a dazzling new novel about two brothers in a Mumbai slum who are raised by their obsessive father to become cricket stars, and whose coming-of-age threatens their relationship, future, and sense of themselves.
Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket--if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI
. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn't know. Sometimes it even seems as though everyone has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself. When Manju meets Radha's great rival, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, everything in Manju's world begins to change, and he is faced by decisions that will challenge his understanding of it, as well as his own self.
Filled with unforgettable characters from across India's social strata--the old scout everyone calls Tommy Sir; Anand Mehta, the big-dreaming investor; Sofia, a wealthy, beautiful girl and the boys' biggest fan--this book combines the best of The Art of Fielding
and Slumdog Millionaire
for a compulsive, moving story of adolescence and ambition, fathers, sons, and brothers. Selection Day
is Adiga's most absorbing, big-hearted novel to date, and proves why "with his gripping, amusing glimpse into the contradictions and perils of modern India, Aravind Adiga has cemented his reputation as the preeminent chronicler of his country's messy present" (Newsweek