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Em and the Big Hoom (Prebound)

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July 2014 Indie Next List

“This is the story of the Mendes family who live in Bombay, India. Em is Imelda. The Big Hoom is Augustine. When they fall in love, he is handsome, reliable, and tender; she is witty, charismatic, and eccentric. But after their two children are born, it becomes clear that Em is also bipolar. The life of the family revolves around her -- her highs, her lows, her suicide attempts, and her recoveries. Told through the eyes of their teenaged son, Em and the Big Hoom is a rare story of love, pain, and laughter. Pinto weaves a beautiful tale of a family trying to be family despite the odds.”
— Muir & Jenny Cohen, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, OR


"Profoundly moving . . . I cannot remember when I last read something as touching as this." --Amitav Ghosh, author of "The Glass Palace"
First published by a small press in India, Jerry Pinto's devastatingly original debut novel has already taken the literary world by storm. Suffused with compassion, humor, and hard-won wisdom, "Em and the Big Hoom "is a modern masterpiece, and its American publication is certain to be one of the major literary events of the season.
Meet Imelda and Augustine, or--as our young narrator calls his unusual parents--"Em and the Big Hoom." Most of the time, Em smokes endless "beedis "and sings her way through life. She is the sun around which everyone else orbits. But as enchanting and high-spirited as she can be, when Em's bipolar disorder seizes her she becomes monstrous, sometimes with calamitous consequences for herself and others. This accomplished debut is graceful and urgent, with a one-of-a-kind voice that will stay with readers long after the last page.

About the Author

Jerry Pinto is a writer of poetry, prose, and children's fiction, as well as a journalist. "Em and the Big Hoom" is his first novel. He is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the 2013 Crossword Book Award and Hindu Literary Award. He lives in Mumbai, India.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780606356756
ISBN-10: 0606356754
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: June 24th, 2014
Pages: 224
Language: English