Thorndike Press

The Windfall

  • Diksha Basu
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  • ISBN-10: 1432851071
  • ISBN-13: 9781432851071
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.40 lbs ( .64 kgs)
  • 460 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released May 2018

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A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
A People Pick
Entertainment Weekly's Must-List
A TIME Magazine Pick
Rolling Stone's Culture Index Pick
One of Esquire's Best Best Books of the Year

A heartfelt comedy of manners, Diksha Basu’s debut novel tells the story of a family discovering what it means to “make it” in modern India. Mr. and Mrs. Jha had settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son’s acceptance into an American business school. Then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money. Hilarious and wise, The Windfall illuminates with warmth and charm the precariousness of social status, the fragility of pride, and the human drive to build and share a home.


Customer Reviews

“Culture and capital clash in Basu’s charming, funny debut . . . and the result leaves readers laughing and engrossed.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“This is a delightful comedy of manners with a lot of heart . . . the novel's universal theme and very entertaining story should appeal to a wide variety of readers.”

— Library Journal

“In her debut novel, Basu sprinkles her send-up of social mobility in modern India with gentle indulgence for her characters, presenting the foibles of the Jhas with humanity and humor.”

— Booklist