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February 2013 - Story of My Assassins by Tarun Tejpal

Approximate cost: $14-18 (includes lunch, tax, tip, and $1 to support the meetup). May be a little less depending on location. Additional cost for anything you add from the menu (breads, beverages, chai).

The Story of My Assassins: A Novel by Tarun J. Tejpal

Based on actual events, The Story of My Assassins tells the story of a journalist who learns that the police have captured five hitmen on their way to kill him. Landing like a bombshell on his comfortable life, just as he’s started a steamy affair with a brilliant woman, the news prompts him to launch an urgent investigation into the lives of his aspiring murderers—a ragtag group of street thugs and village waifs—and their mastermind. Who wanted him dead, and why?

But the investigation forces him to reexamine his own life, too—to confront his own notion of himself, his job, and his treatment of the women in his life, as well as his own complex feelings about the country that crafted his would-be killers.

Part thriller and part erotic romance, full of dark humor and knife-edged suspense, The Story of My Assassins is a piercing literary novel that takes us from the lavish, hedonistic palaces of India’s elite to its seediest slums. It is a novel of corruption, passion, power, and ambition; of extreme poverty and obscene wealth.

It is an awesome adventure into the heart of today’s India.

Tara's comment: As much as I disliked his other book we read Alchemy of Desire, I loved this one.

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  • Paige M.

    I didn't go. I was too late getting that book and by page 5 knew I wasn't interested. But I am committed to reading more Indian authors and look forward to the next meetup at which I will be much better prepared:)

    February 18, 2013

  • nina m.

    Sorry, I am concerned about the upcoming snowstorm; but I will be going to one of your upcoming events!

    February 16, 2013

  • CarolT

    Unfortunate a class was rescheduled due to the snowstorm, and now conflicts with this event. Sorry to have to miss this; I'm enjoying the book!

    February 11, 2013

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