‘A finely balanced debut [that] successfully explores the undercurrents that run beneath relationships in an idyllic rural setting’
Mukundan, a middle-aged bachelor, is forced to return to his
native Kaikurussi, a sleepy village in Kerala. Determined to conquer old ghosts, Mukundan decides to restore his childhood
home and hires One-Screw-Loose Bhasi, an outcast painter, to oversee the renovations. A practitioner of a unique style of healing,
Bhasi is intrigued by Mukundan’s unhappiness and sets about mending his troubled friend. But the durability of Mukundan’s transformation into a better man is soon called into question.
‘Nair has proved her mettle by fathoming the deepest recesses of man’s psyche’
‘An astonishing book … Tender, lyrical, humorous
New York Times