In November 1989, an Indian couple are discovered murdered in a small town in upstate New York.
They lie together as though just disengaged from a long embrace.
Yet their murder has been two centuries in the making.
County Sligo, Ireland, 1843. Seventeen-year-old Brendan McCarthaigh and his best friend Padraig have everything ahead of them.
Quiet Brendan is in love with books and headstrong, spirited Padraig is madly in love with black-haired Brigid.
But when the sanctimonious Father Conlon discovers Padraig and Brigid's clandestine affair, he sets in motion a chain of unforeseeable, irrevocable events that will propel one to North America and the other to Bengal.
Weaving together private histories and real events, and taking us on a journey across the globe - Kalyan Ray has crafted a sweeping, epic, multigenerational saga spanning two centuries.
A rich, compelling tale of home and exile, identity and hybridity, it is also a story of oppression, friendship and compassion, and the few intimate degrees of separation that lie between love and murder.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 12/03/2015
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781408843345