The Windfall

The Windfall

A Novel

Book - 2017
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One of Esquire 's Best 30 Books of 2017

"[A] charming satire...What Kevin Kwan did for rich people problems, Diksha Basu does for trying-to-be-rich-people problems."

A heartfelt comedy of manners, Diksha Basu's debut novel unfolds the story of a family discovering what it means to "make it" in modern India.

For the past thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha's lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, gossipy neighbors, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages. They thought they'd settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son's acceptance into an American business school. But then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status: skinny ties, hired guards, shoe-polishing machines, and all.

The move sets off a chain of events that rock their neighbors, their marriage, and their son, who is struggling to keep a lid on his romantic dilemmas and slipping grades, and brings unintended consequences, ultimately forcing the Jha family to reckon with what really matters. Hilarious and wise, The Windfall illuminates with warmth and charm the precariousness of social status, the fragility of pride, and, above all, the human drive to build and share a home. Even the rich, it turns out, need to belong somewhere.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780451498915
Branch Call Number: FIC BASU
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 25 cm.


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Jan 25, 2018

I thought this book had some good humor. I did find some parts to be annoying such as worrying so much of what others think and comparing wealth to their neighbors. I thought the author gave a realistic view of how rich families in Delhi act but I also found it utterly annoying seeing how they are still stuck in that old Indian mentality and trying so hard to be modern. I did not find any of the characters likeable. It just seemed to superficial and immature.

Jul 15, 2017

I most enjoy well-written books with a well-developed and compelling plot, settings that draw me into a different world, interesting main characters about whom I care what happens, and something to ponder. This book excelled at the second in describing the “new” India. However, it fell short in the other areas. Too many plots made it difficult to maintain interest at times. The multiple points of view were too numerous and made it difficult to care about what happened to the characters. The theme (i.e., caring too much about what others think) was delivered heavy-handedly. Given my interest in the setting, I finished it and enjoyed that part. However, it was written in the manner of many of the recent spate of authors touting MFA degrees: rather than being a good book I couldn't wait to finish, it seemed like an assignment for a writing class.

Jul 12, 2017

"Hot New Beach Read" Good Housekeeping July 2017

PimaLib_LoisM Jul 11, 2017

The Windfall is a hilarious novel about a newly rich family in India trying to keep up with their neighbors' big spending ways. Misunderstandings occur as each family tries to outdo each other, both in their purchasing power and in the way that they are bringing up their sons.

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