Family Matters

  • by Rohinton Mistry
  • Narrated by Martin Jarvis
  • 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the highly acclaimed A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry's eagerly anticipated novel is set in Bombay in the mid-1990s. Nariman, an ailing, elderly Parsi widower, lives with his middle-aged stepchildren and dreams of the past. When he breaks an ankle and can no longer partake of his one pleasure, a daily walk through the neighborhood, his bitter stepdaughter schemes to move him to her sister's home and relieve herself of the burden of caring for him. The move is accomplished, but living in a new household with Roxana, her husband and two young boys sets into motion a series of events that lead to the unraveling of the family's secrets and surprising revelations from the past. Family Matters is a brilliantly evocative novel that confirms Mistry's reputation as one of the finest writers of our time.


What the Critics Say

"As close to perfect as a novel can get." (Booklist)


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More greatness from Rohinton Mistry

I thought A Fine Balance by the same author was a near perfect book, which is why I purchased Family Matters. It has been quite some time since I finished this book, yet it impacted me so strongly that I wanted to convey my enthusiasm to other potential reader/listeners. Very different from A Fine Balance, yet the author exhibits the same deep sensitivity to the human condition. I believe that the theme is universal; dealing with an elderly parent and the stepchild "problem." Most people will be able to identify with the dilemnas of family, children, siblings, parents. A VERY human story indeed. HIGHLY recommended.
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A special listening experiece.

The characters are richly and vividly described. Universal themes of old age, dying, regret and family conflict are handled in a moving and convinicing way. Set in the simmering cauldron that is India--the story of this middle-class familiy's up's and down's nevertheless feels very close to home. The reader is exceptional and brings each character to life. Ths is a book that stays with you for a long time. Hope Audible brings us more books of this caliber.
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- Georgine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2002
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books