From award-winning writer Anjali Joseph, a compelling new novel about a dysfunctional love affair.
Meet Ved, a British investor heading back to his Indian roots with a business proposition: a lightbulb called the Everlasting Lucifer.
Meet Keteki, an art curator with a nomadic lifestyle, on her way home to Assam.
In Heathrow airport, on the way to Mumbai, their paths cross, sparking an affair that soon turns into an intricate power game—and a complicated journey towards intimacy.
“I read this book in a single sitting.”
—Jeet Thayil, author of Narcopolis
“Keeping in Touch is a very old-fashioned love story in a modern time, where the seduction of a 30-something British Asian man by an Assamese woman assumes epic undertones…The aftertaste lingers long after the book is done and dusted.”
—Ganesh Saili, The New Indian Express
“A fragile story of reluctant commitments … this is not just a love story but an intricate political saga of contemporary times. The author has interwoven a layered narrative … Anjali Joseph has written an outstanding novel. An excellent read.”
—Jasmine Sandhu Sandhawalia, The Tribune (India)
“The cinematic quality of Joseph’s storytelling is unmistakable. The interplay of crisp scenes makes the story read like a screenplay … embrace both the strange and the familiar realities in life, and never lose touch with either.”
—Ipshita Mitra, Scroll.in
“Keeping in Touch is is edgy, funny, and uncompromisingly modern.”
Praise for Anjali Joseph:
“Joseph’s is a deep and unusual talent; she attends to questions for which not every novelist is equipped.”
—Amit Chaudhuri, The Guardian
Praise for The Living:
“A beautiful and profound book that distills, with uncanny precision and truthfulness, the flow and movement of inner lives deep under the surface of things. Joseph has dug at one of the hardest spots in the terrain of form and come up with a luminous and rare jewel.”
—Neel Mukherjee, author of The Lives of Others
Praise for Another Country:
“Beautifully delineated … The writing throughout is cool and clear, and whilst the overall tone of the novel is hauntingly melancholic, it is also distinguished by a refreshingly abrasive wit.”
—Peter Parker, The Sunday Times
Praise for Saraswati Park:
“A gentle disquisition on the disparity between the way people aspire to live and the frequently disappointing reality, Joseph’s debut novel explores the compromises lying at the heart of family life … As she reveals her character’s inner lives, Joseph captures the transient beauty of the everyday … a meticulously written tale of hope and regret.”
—Anna Scott, The Guardian
“Anjali Joseph's debut novel is replete with evocative images of Bombay … but the book’s greatest strength lies in its delicate portrayal of a young man's desperation for intimate connection, and a couple’s acceptance of a marriage that has failed.”
—Maria Crawford, Financial Times
“This novel pulls the reader straight into the heart of modern middle-class Mumbai … Joseph contrasts the inner and outer lives of her characters, and the uneasy friction between new and old cultures, with all the wit and delicacy of a latter-day Mrs Gaskell.”
—Kate Saunders, The Times