The Windfall (Large Print / Library Binding)
July 2017 Indie Next List
“The Jhas are a fairly normal family in Delhi, but when Mr. Jha sells his company for millions and decides to move himself and his wife to a fancy new neighborhood, he sets in motion changes for not only his wife, but also his son studying in New York and his former and future neighbors - changes that are sometimes good, sometimes bad, and uncomfortable either way. Jam-packed with fun and lovable characters, this novel is both a delicious, gossipy indulgence and a fascinating glimpse into the lives of people very different from one another. Those who loved the drama of The Nest will adore this warm, tender, and very funny debut from a fresh new voice.”
— Kelly Morton (E), Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
A People Pick
Entertainment Weeklys Must-List
A TIME Magazine Pick
Rolling Stones Culture Index Pick
One of Esquires Best Best Books of the Year
A heartfelt comedy of manners, Diksha Basu's debut novel tells the story of a family discovering what it means to "make i" in modern India. Mr. and Mrs. Jha had settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son's acceptance into an American business school. Then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money. Hilarious and wise, The Windfall illuminates with warmth and charm the precariousness of social status, the fragility of pride, and the human drive to build and share a home.
About the Author
Diksha Basu is a writer and occasional actor. Originally from New Delhi, India, she holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and now divides her time between New York City and Mumbai.