Join novelist Manu Joseph in conversation with Hari Kunzru (Gods Without Men) about his new novel The Illicit Happiness of Other People. Followed by a book sale and signing.
The Illicit Happiness of Other People is Manu Joseph’s highly anticipated second novel following his PEN Open Book Award–winning Serious Men (2010). In a similar spirit, yet derived from a time and place closer to home, Joseph crafts the smart, wry story of the Chackos, a Christian family living in a gossipy Madras housing community in the late 1980s. The story starts three years afterthe gifted but troubled teenager; Unni Chacko mysteriously fell from the balcony of his building. When the post office delivers a comic drawn by Unni that had been lost in the mail since his death, his alcoholic father Ousep is shocked out of his stupor and ventures on a solitary quest to understand his son and rewrite his family’s story. As Joseph slyly told the Indian newspaper The Hindu, “It’s all real, I haven’t made up anything.”
Deftly combining family drama with philosophy and social satire with The Illicit Happiness of Other Peopleis an engrossing psychological mystery, which reminds us that the greatest mystery of all is to understand the people we love. More information on event