If Salman Rushdie praises your work as lush and the New Yorker publishes one of your stories before you are old enough to rent a car, chances are that you are talented. Kiran Desai has talent in spades, an her debut Hullaballo in the Guava Orchard leaves readers wishing the novel had just kept going. Desai writes unerringly about the triumph of failure, the circularity of life, and endears herself with a particular examination of Indian culture that resonates with universal themes. Reviewed by Mark Luce.

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