From the bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of The White Tiger and Amnesty, a "ferociously brilliant" (Slate) novel about two brothers coming of age in a Mumbai slum, raised by their crazy, obsessive father to be cricket champions.
*A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES * AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR * A NEW YORK TIMES and WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK
Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket—if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn't know. Sometimes it even seems as though everyone has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself. When Manju meets Radha's great rival, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, everything in Manju's world begins to change, and he is faced by decisions that will challenge his sense of self and of the world around him.
Filled with unforgettable characters from across India's social strata—the old scout everyone calls Tommy Sir; Anand Mehta, the big-dreaming investor; Sofia, a wealthy, beautiful girl and the boys' biggest fan—Selection Day "brings a family, a city, and an entire country to scabrous and antic life" (Chicago Tribune).
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"Narrator Sartaj Garewal lends great charm to Adiga's engaging and intimate novel. With great sensitivity, Garewal portrays two young brothers who are moving up the ranks of India's hyper-competitive cricket world. The brothers' opposing characters form the crux of the novel, and Garewal's subtle characterizations of them are outshone only by his nuanced depiction of their controlling father. That said, as expert as Garewal is as a character actor, his neglect of Adiga's powerful descriptive passages is notable. While the intense narratives on the cricket pitch are deftly delivered, the more contemplative moments--Adiga's true strength as a writer--fall short and are often monotonous. One has the sense that the talented Garewal has more to give to this stunning novel. Z.S. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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