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Old 02-09-2012, 12:56 PM   #36
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missed voting on the period, want to make sure I do not miss the nominations! So, to begin with I'm going to second The Rings of Saturn.

I'd like to nominate Vikram Seth's A suitable boy (first published in 1993) - the blurb from Goodreads:

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Vikram Seth's novel is, at its core, a love story: Lata and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find -- through love or through exacting maternal appraisal -- a suitable boy for Lata to marry. Set in the early 1950s, in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, A Suitable Boy takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves. A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multi ethnic society in flux, A Suitable Boy remains the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love and ambition, humor and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette and the most appalling violence.
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