Pinto’s first (and only) novel was about two decades in the making and the central character is based on his mother. The book provides insights into a serious illness, the lack of support for caregivers in India and how society wishes away the mentally afflicted.
And yet, the novel is also darkly funny and any reader would find it difficult to resist the charm of Em’s imagination and utterances. Pinto is a master craftsman with dialogue and is perhaps the best contemporary Indian writer.
Read it. Love it. Recommend it.