A Patchwork Family


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Author: Mukta Sathe

9789388070232 | PB | pp. 200 | 2018 | Speaking Tiger

A Patchwork Family by Mukta Sathe tells the story of 2 people who bond together and the impact of the judicial system’s vagaries on each of their world-views.

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Young and idealistic, Janaki is eager to serve the cause of justice as a lawyer. Her only confidant is Ajoba, an elderly friend of her grandfather’s, who supported her throughout her childhood. They are unrelated by blood or marriage ties, but they have both lost their own families. So together, they struggle to create a family, patched together perhaps, but stronger for it. As this gripping novel unfolds, the two characters in turn tell the traumatic story of how they came together: how Janaki being the eyewitness to a gruesome crime led to years of court cases and police investigations; the toll it took on the members of her immediate family; the ways in which Ajoba and Janaki each overcome their immediate prejudices to connect with each other; and the impact of the judicial system’s vagaries on each of their worldviews. Written in spare, unadorned and confident prose, A Patchwork Family is a debut novel of unusual wisdom and maturity.


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About the Author

The author is a young lawyer who has worked in Mumbai and Pune. She has written several articles for law journals. This is her first novel. Mukta Sathe is interested in travel, constitutional law, literature and sports, as well as being a cat lover. She lives in her hometown, Pune.


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