Western Lane

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A deeply moving exploration of an immigrant father’s attempts to raise his family as a single parent, while consumed by his own grief and loss and struggling to recognize those of his children too.

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‘A beautiful and evocative novel about grief, about growing up, about losing and winning. The people and places in this book will stay with me for a long time.’ – Sally Rooney

A ‘Book of the Year’ in The Economist, The Independent, The Week, The New York Times and The Guardian

A deeply moving novel about grief, sisterhood, squash and a teenage girl’s struggle to transcend herself.

Eleven-year-old Gopi has been playing squash since she was old enough to hold a racket. When her mother dies, her father enlists her in a quietly brutal training regimen, and the game becomes her world. Slowly, she grows apart from her sisters. Her life is reduced to the sport, guided by its rhythms: the serve, the volley, the drive, the shot and its echo.

But on the court, she is not alone. She is with her pa. She is with Ged, a thirteen-year-old boy with his own formidable talent. She is with the players who have come before her. She is in awe.

An unforgettable coming-of-age story, Chetna Maroo’s first novel is a moving exploration of the closeness of sisterhood, the immigrant experience, and the collective overcoming of grief.

‘With this gorgeous debut, Maroo blows most of the competition off the court.’ – The Times

‘Stunning . . . Spare, tender, brilliantly achieved . . . A novel that unfolds in silences . . . and dares to leave much unsaid.’ – The Guardian

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Weight 0.162 kg
Dimensions 19.7 × 13 × 1.7 cm
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