The Ever After of Ashwin Rao

The Ever After of Ashwin Rao

Book - 2014
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From internationally acclaimed non-fiction author Padma Viswanathan, a stunning new work that explores the ways in which great tragedy continues to ripple out into the lives of its survivors, set among the families of those who lost loved ones in the 1985 Air India bombing. In 2004, almost twenty-years after the fatal bombing of an Air India flight from Vancouver, Ashwin Rao, an Indian psychologist trained in Canada, comes back to do what he calls a 'study of comparative grief.' He soon becomes unexpectedly embroiled in the lives of one family caught in the undertow of the tragedy and, as a witness to their crises and a holder for their secrets, comes to confront his own losses.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2014
ISBN: 9780307356345
Branch Call Number: VISWA
Characteristics: 374 pages


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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.

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.

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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