Seniors Book Club May Selection

hero's walkThe Seniors Book Club will meet at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 9 in the 2nd floor Training Room to discuss  The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami.

About the book...

After the release of Anita Rau Badami’s critically acclaimed first novel, Tamarind Mem, it was evident a promising new talent had joined the Canadian literary community. Her dazzling literary follow-up is The Hero’s Walk, a novel teeming with the author’s trademark tumble of the haphazard beauty, wreckage and folly of ordinary lives. Set in the dusty seaside town of Toturpuram on the Bay of Bengal, The Hero’s Walk traces the terrain of family and forgiveness through the lives of an exuberant cast of characters bewildered by the rapid pace of change in today’s India. Each member of the Rao family pits his or her chance at personal fulfillment against the conventions of a crumbling caste and class system.

Anita Rau Badami explains that “The Hero’s Walk is a novel about so many things: loss, disappointment, choices and the importance of coming to terms with yourself and the circumstances of your life without losing the dignity embedded in all of us. At one level it is about heroism – not the hero of the classic epic, those enormous god-sized heroes – but my fascination with the day-to-day heroes and the heroism that’s needed to survive all the unexpected disasters and pitfalls of life.” (Publisher)

Anita Rau Badami: How I wrote The Hero’s Walk (CBC)

Anita Rau Badami on culture shock and the transformation of India (CBC)

Anita Rau Badami on talking to Oscar Wilde…and her houseplants

Book review in Quill and Quire

Book review in the Independent

An interview with Anita Rau Badami in January Magazine

 

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