Author(s): Akhil Sharma
Akhil Sharma's new collection is a remarkable achievement. These tender, elegant stories - each of which was first published in the New Yorker - all explore the unpredictability of human emotion. In the sleek, minimalist prose for which his prize-winning novel Family Life was acclaimed, Sharma skilfully reveals the obstacles we face in making meaningful relationships. A striking fusion of fiction and memoir, A Life of Adventure and Delight is unflinching in exposing the burdens of trauma, infidelity, and mortality. Whether in New York or Delhi, Sharma's protagonists are always discovering what it really means to be mothers and daughters, sons and lovers, husbands and wives. Painfully intimate, this is a tour de force from a unique literary voice.
'He is truly the Chekhov of our time.' - Yiyun Li
Akhil Sharma was born in Delhi in India and emigrated to the USA in 1979. His stories have been published in the New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, and included in The Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Collections. His first book, An Obedient Father, won the 2001 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. He was named one of Granta's 'Best of Young American Novelists' in 2007. His second novel, Family Life, won the 2015 Folio Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award 2016. Sharma is currently a Fellow at The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.