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A Bruising Pursuit Of Love

Autobiography masquerades as novel in a tale of vicious dysfunction overcome by resoluteness of spirit

A Bruising Pursuit Of Love A Bruising Pursuit Of Love

The only lie in this pack of truths, so far as I can tell, is its title. The author’s voice is so raw with the need to tell her story that it simply doesn’t make sense except as autobiography.

But as she is the daughter of the late poet and novelist, Gauri Deshpande, it isn’t possible to think of this as just another tale of derelict parenting, embellished by a young writer’s lively imagination. A grotesque portrait emerges of life in the shadow of a highly acclaimed mother who simply did not have the time or patience to care for her three small daughters, two by her first husband and a third by the second.

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