Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Monica Ali: best books

Monica Ali’s new novel, In the Kitchen, is set in a five-star London hotel. At The Week, the author of Brick Lane and Alentejo Blue named six favorite earlier works that made the most of similar settings.

One title on her list:
Chowringhee by Sankar (Penguin, $14).

A classic of Bengali literature, recently published for the first time in English. Set in a venerable Calcutta establishment, this sprawling saga examines in luminous detail the iniquities of society represented in microcosm at the hotel. Containing the action in a hotel where employees and guests are in physical proximity but a world away from each other heightens Sankar’s every observation.
Read about all six titles on Ali's list.

Learn about Monica Ali's ten favorite books.

--Marshal Zeringue