Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma is an Indian-American author and professor of creative writing. He is best known for his novels 'An Obedient Father' and 'Family Life,' the latter of which won the 2015 Folio Prize for fiction and the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award. Sharma's writing often explores themes of identity, family, and the immigrant experience. His work has been praised for its emotional depth and narrative craftsmanship.


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  1. 1. Family Life

    Family Life is a poignant, semi-autobiographical novel that follows the experiences of an Indian family that immigrates to America in the late 1970s. Their dream of a better life is shattered when the older son suffers a terrible accident that leaves him brain-damaged. The story is narrated by the younger son, who struggles with the pressures of his parents' expectations, the trauma of his brother's condition, and the cultural dislocation of being an immigrant in America. The novel explores themes of family, love, loss, and the immigrant experience.