A Good Ghost Story, Compelling Snapshot of 1960s Bombay

Library Journal gave HAUNTING BOMBAY a starred review, saying, “Love is stronger than death, and secrets will always come out, as this carefully crafted debut novel reveals… Readers who enjoy a good ghost story will appreciate the tense interplay between the living and the dead as the former seek to deny, then ignore, then banish the latter. Those who prefer realism will find Agarwal’s snapshot of 1960s Bombay compelling and savor her attention to both historic and domestic details-the descriptions of food, jewelry, furniture, and religious ritual are particularly vivid. Agarwal’s work will definitely appeal to fans of Monica Ali and Jhumpa Lahiri by virtue of its characters and setting, but it retains a fresh, original feel that will draw in new readers with its own literary merit.

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