Kapoor’s novel, published Tuesday by Riverhead, follows an Indian man from a socially disadvantaged caste who becomes entwined with a wealthy Delhi family. A critic for Kirkus wrote of the book, “Her dialogue shines, and although the novel is a bit too long, it’s certainly gripping. Fans of crime novels will find much to admire in this quite entertaining book.”
Reporter Ashan Singh announced the selection on Good Morning America, saying the novel has been “described as The Godfather meets The Great Gatsby.”
“I got to read the book while traveling in India for the holidays, and it really felt like I got to experience the story in real time,” Singh said. “I’m looking forward to sitting down with Deepti Kapoor later this month, hopefully over a cup of chai.”
Kapoor appeared in a pre-taped message on the show, saying, “These characters take us into a universe of forbidden love, corruption, and greed, and ask us to question the bonds of family and the morality of extreme wealth. I am so excited to share this book with you, and I really hope you pick up a copy.”
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.