A family’s painful test of endurance

Family Life; By Akhil Sharma

19th June, 2016
Akhil Sharma took 12 years to write Family Life Picture: Jason Clarke

FICTION; Family Life; By Akhil Sharma; Norton, €10.60

Family Life, the novel by Akhil Sharma that has just won the Dublin International Literary Prize, is a page-turner with a difference. It is a disconcerting, if compelling, read. There is much grief and tragedy, alleviated by a regular dollop of humour. There is a prevailing suppression of emotion in the often spare prose – which is partly a consequence of it being written from...

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