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The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die

Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay

2 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

'A chaotic, furious, extraordinary Bengali confection . . . Irresistible' Philip Hensher, The Spectator Books of the Year

At eighteen, Somlata married into the Mitras: a once noble Bengali household whose descendants have taken to pawning off the family gold to keep up appearances.

When Pishima, the embittered matriarch, dies, Somlata is the first to discover her aunt-in-law's body - and her sharp-tongued ghost.

First demanding that Somlata hide her gold from the family's prying hands, Pishima's ghost continues to wreak havoc on the Mitras. Secrets spilt, cooking spoilt, Somlata finds herself at the centre of the chaos. And as the family teeter on the brink of bankruptcy, it looks like it's up to her to fix it.

THE AUNT WHO WOULDN'T DIE is a frenetic, funny and fresh novel about three generations of Mitra women, a jewellery box, and the rickety family they hold together.

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Praise for The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die

  • A chaotic, furious, extraordinary Bengali confection ... Irresistible - Philip Hensher, The Spectator Books of the Year

  • What a treat and a joy! Also unputdownable - a high-spirited, surprising family drama laced with sinuous envy, lovers' misunderstandings and a furious ghost - Leila Aboulela

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