The Ever After of Ashwin Rao

The Ever After of Ashwin Rao

A Novel

Book - 2015
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In 2004, almost 20 years after the fatal bombing of an Air India flight from Vancouver, 2 suspects--finally--are on trial for the crime. Ashwin Rao, an Indian psychologist trained in Canada, comes back to do a "study of comparative grief," interviewing people who lost loved one in the attack. What he neglects to mention is that he, too, had family members who died on the plane. Then, to his delight and fear, he becomes embroiled in the lives of one family caught in the undertow of the tragedy, and privy to their secrets. This surprising emotional connection sparks him to confront his own losses. The Ever After of Ashwin Rao imagines the lasting emotional and political consequences of a real-life act of terror, confronting what we might learn to live with and what we can live without.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA :, Soft Skull Press,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781593766139
1593766130
Call Number: F VISWANAT
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 23 cm

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Bierlingen Jan 12, 2015

Am currently reading this book and am appreciating the gentle way of how the aftermath of this tragedy has been fictionalized. Truly a learning process about the politics that were the catalyst behind the mentality of the perpetrators that incurred this senseless act of terrorism, something so far away from many of our own lives. Truly a Canadian tragedy, Viswanathan has created believable characters, some coming to terms with their torment of the aftermath, others not so easily. I highly recommend this book.

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indigo33
Sep 07, 2014

Interesting, subtle; I had to think about this one a long time afterward to understand the emotional tides and currents of the characters. So much is left unsaid! When you read this book, be prepared to scratch beneath the surface. Although the topic is heart-breaking I appreciated that the author left a light on at the end of the tunnel.

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writermala
Jul 04, 2014

Padma Viswanathan explores the territory of the aftermath of the Air India Bombing. She raises the question of how life goes on when tragedy strikes. The Protagonist Ashwin is a psychologist who is gifted at turning the fragments of his patients' lives into stories that help them heal. This is the power of narrative. Viswanathan's writing has great energy, and she understands what makes her characters tick and exploits this understanding to the fullest. She suggests that with time, 329 times infinity becomes the magnitude of what had happened, that was the size of it. It is a colossal loss which renders itself to a story of emotions, drama, and empathy - all of which the author handles well.

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