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This is a new book and it is still in the original publisher's shrinkwrap. The book is signed by the author on the limitation page as well as on the certificate of authenticity. There are no flaws. When a state such as Nepal, located in the northeast corner of India, undergoes numerous movements to achieve independence, It affects the lives of countless people. Some are adamant enough about the cause to participate in insurgencies, while others simply want to be left alone. This is the explosive setting that Kiran Desai has selected for her second novel, This is the story of a Cambridge-educated judge living in Kalimpong, at the foot of the Himalayas, with his orphaned teenage granddaughter, Sai, and his cook. Sai is in love with her Nepalese tutor, Gyan. He has his mind on the current insurgency of the mid-1980's and their household with it's hunting rifles and English biscuits, is an obvious target. Meanwhile, the cook's son, Biju, works in a variety of greasy Manhattan restaurants as an illegal alien. Sometimes funny and often serious, the novel deftly shifts between these third and first worlds while exploring the themes of nationhood, globalization, multiculturalism, class, inequality and terrorism. The novel is a wonderful read and is just beautiful in it's leather binding. This beautiful book is bound in full-tooled deep red leather with satin moiré endpapers, satin ribbon bookmark and 22kt gold on the spine. The spine has raised bands in the style of classic bookbinding. Beautiful gilt designs ornament the front as well as the back boards. The paper was made especially for this edition. The leather was cut entirely by hand. It has raised bands on the spine in the style of classic bookmaking. It includes a certificate of authenticity and a descriptive card laid in with biographical information as well as a few words about the book itself. Published by Easton Press it is a volume of heirloom quality and will be treasured for generations to come. We are pleased to send pictures on request.