The Windfall

The Windfall

A Novel

Book - 2017
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For the past thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha's lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, gossipy neighbors, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages. They thought they'd settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son's acceptance into an American business school. But then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status: skinny ties, hired guards, shoe-polishing machines, and all. The move sets off a chain of events that rock their neighbors, their marriage, and their son, who is struggling to keep a lid on his romantic dilemmas and slipping grades, and brings unintended consequences, ultimately forcing the Jha family to reckon with what really matters.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780451498915
0451498917
Branch Call Number: F BAS NVD
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Windfall

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JeanieG
Jun 27, 2018

A good story and well written. The characters are well developed and believable. Great insights into immigrants from India living in America. But also what life for some is like in India.

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stephaniejoanna
Jun 27, 2018

This book started off dreadfully slow, picked up a little towards the middle and then fizzled out again at the end. There were parts I enjoyed and wanted more of (namely, Mrs. Ray and Upen) but unfortunately, most of this book was pretty boring. I didn't find it funny at all (lesson learned: pretentious rich people trying to keep up with the Joneses is just not my kind of humour) and I felt it was a little repetitive. Glad to be done with it!

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lukasevansherman
Apr 27, 2018

"How come Americans get called expats but if we move to America, we're called immigrants?"
Good Housekeeping was right on the mark when they called this a Hot New Beach Read! The debut novel from Diksha Basu is a funny, insightful, and warm story about how money affects an Indian family. The hard working Jhas find themselves rich and move to a bigger house and try to navigate their newfound wealthy. Meanwhile, their listless son flounders at school (and at love) in America. The rare book that is fun to read and also has some good observations about culture, family, and money.

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saturn
Jan 25, 2018

I thought this book had some good humor. I did find some parts to be annoying such as worrying so much of what others think and comparing wealth to their neighbors. I thought the author gave a realistic view of how rich families in Delhi act but I also found it utterly annoying seeing how they are still stuck in that old Indian mentality and trying so hard to be modern. I did not find any of the characters likeable. It just seemed to superficial and immature.

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Bookbybook
Jul 15, 2017

I most enjoy well-written books with a well-developed and compelling plot, settings that draw me into a different world, interesting main characters about whom I care what happens, and something to ponder. This book excelled at the second in describing the “new” India. However, it fell short in the other areas. Too many plots made it difficult to maintain interest at times. The multiple points of view were too numerous and made it difficult to care about what happened to the characters. The theme (i.e., caring too much about what others think) was delivered heavy-handedly. Given my interest in the setting, I finished it and enjoyed that part. However, it was written in the manner of many of the recent spate of authors touting MFA degrees: rather than being a good book I couldn't wait to finish, it seemed like an assignment for a writing class.

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ronandlynda
Jul 12, 2017

"Hot New Beach Read" Good Housekeeping July 2017

PimaLib_LoisM Jul 11, 2017

The Windfall is a hilarious novel about a newly rich family in India trying to keep up with their neighbors' big spending ways. Misunderstandings occur as each family tries to outdo each other, both in their purchasing power and in the way that they are bringing up their sons.

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