Neel Mukherjee Book Talk - Choice

Event time: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 203 See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Prize-winning novelist Neel Mukherjee will speak about his new novel, Choice.

An ingenious, devastating, explosive novel about the ramifications of choice from “one of the most original and talented authors working today” (NPR).

“How ought one to live?” This is the question that obsesses London-based publisher Ayush, driving him to question every act of consumption. He embarks on a radical experiment in his own life and the lives of those connected to him: his practical economist husband; their twins; and even the authors he edits and publishes. One of those authors, a mysterious M. N. Opie, writes a story about a young academic involved in a car accident that causes her life to veer in an unexpected direction. Another author, an economist, describes how the gift of a cow to an impoverished family on the West Bengal–Bangladesh border sets them on a startling path to tragedy.

Together, these connected narratives raise the question: How free are we really to make our own choices? In a scathing, compassionate quarrel with the world, Neel Mukherjee confronts our fundamental assumptions about economics, race, appropriation, and the tangled ethics of contemporary life.

Neel Mukherjee is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, including A Life Apart (2010), The Lives of Others (2014), shortlisted for the Booker Prize; and A State of Freedom (2017), a New York Times Notable Book. He divides his time between London, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he serves as Associate Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Harvard University.

Limited copies of Choice will be sold at the event.