Publication Date: 04/05/2023 ISBN: 9781788169875 Category:

Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors

Aravind Jayan

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date: 04/05/2023 ISBN: 9781788169875 Category:
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‘Truly infectious’ Guardian

Appa and Amma have driven home a shiny new Honda Civic to show off to their neighbours in Blue Hills housing colony. But their triumph is short lived. Their eldest son Sreenath is behaving strangely, and the reason soon becomes clear: a secretly filmed video of Sreenath and his girlfriend Anita has been posted to a porn site, and nearly everyone they know has seen it.

The ensuing war – with Sreenath and Anita on one side and their families on the other – becomes a news sensation, emblematic of a wider generational struggle. The novel is narrated by Sreenath’s younger brother, just as eager to rebel against conventional morality. But to keep his family together he will have to compromise his integrity and, in doing so, bring buried tensions between him and his brother to the surface.

Full of dark comedy and insight about shame and the online generation, this is a poignant story about now told by a narrator who will beguile and surprise you.

Publisher Review

Our narrator's acerbic observations inject a truly infectious energy into the prose. Humorous and heartwarming ... a fresh take on the family drama, the internet novel and the comedy of manners. * Guardian * A sparkling debut, full of tenderness and mischief. It's as if Roth and Narayan had a baby * Aatish Taseer, author of The Way Things Were * Humorous, insightful and enormously touching . . . an exquisite debut * Clare Allan, author of Poppy Shakespeare * Laugh-out-loud funny - a beguiling debut by a writer of great charm. -- Paul Murray, author of Skippy Dies One of the wittiest, cleverest, most perceptive books I've read about India in years. An acidic comedy of manners, an anarchic demolition of modern Indian mores, as well as a melancholic, sweet-sour love story about the impossibility of being young. -- Rahul Raina, author of How to Kidnap the Rich So here it is, at last: an insider view of the clash between generations seen from the perspective of the online Indian Gen Z. Written with wryness, compassion, intelligence, crystal clarity and a dry sense of humour, Aravind Jayan's unputdownable debut features one of the most engaging and Nabokovianly complicated narrators I've encountered in the last God knows how many years. It's impossible not to love this book. You'll laugh and laugh until you find yourself devastated by the last thirty or so pages, and you'll still be laughing. -- Neel Mukherjee, author of The Lives of Others Utterly original and beautifully rendered. In the age of the internet, still stories of family remain ageless. Jayan sets us in a moment when the past and present are in precarious balance and leaves us to settle for ourselves what has been broken and what will never be. Loved it. -- Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Genuinely funny ... a strong debut novel from a sophisticated new author * Debut Digest * Told with dry and restrained humour ... Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors stands out not for what it tackles ... but for its graceful sidestepping of the usual narrative routes, without any loss of impact or verisimilitude. Jayan's book is the calling card of a novelist of promise and surprising maturity. * Times Literary Supplement * This novel about a young couple's sex scandal is an assured debut. With whip-smart humour and pointed observations, Jayan explores the frustrating consequences of the generation gap between parents and children * *

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