The Sly Company of People Who Care


In this colorful debut novel a cricket journalist quits his job, flees the familiarity of his Bombay home, and alights in Guyana, where almost half the population is descended from Indian indentured servants. There he meets diamond scavengers, visits sugarcane plantations, and becomes enthralled by this strange land of the formerly enslaved. Rahul Bhattachrya tells his tale of exploration in an accomplished, appealing voice that has earned comparison to the early work of V. S. Naipaul.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…