Released on 08 September 2016.

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Selection Day

3.23 based on 903 ratings & 169 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

Selection Day is a captivating, witty novel by the Man Booker Prize winning author of The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga.

'The most exciting novelist writing in English today' A. N. Wilson

One of the New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2017"

Manjunath Kumar is fourteen. He knows he is good at cricket - if not as good as his elder brother Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling and is fascinated by the world of CSI and by curious and interesting scientific facts. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn't know . . . Sometimes it seems as though everyone around him has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself.

When Manju begins to get to know Radha's great rival, a boy as privileged and confident as Manju is not, everything in Manju's world begins to change and he is faced with decisions that will challenge both his sense of self and of the world around him . . .

In the media

The best novel I read this year . . . In its primal triangle of rival brothers and a maniacal father, hell-bent on success in cricket in India, Adiga grips the passions while painting an extraordinary panorama of contemporary sports, greed, celebrity, and mundanity. As a literary master, Adiga has only advanced in his art since his Booker Prize-winning The White Tiger.
Atlantic
Enthralling . . . studies, with universalizing insight, two brothers from Mumbai consecrated to cricket at psychic cost
Times Literary Supplement
A master class in integrating character . . . Peppered with dashes of humor, this dark and unflinching story is an unqualified triumph.
Booklist (starred review)