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Family Matters (2002) [Novel]
by Rohinton Mistry Rating: Weighted - 8.3 / Average - 8.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Set in Bombay in the mid-1990s, Family Matters tells a story of familial love and obligation, of personal and political corruption, of the demands of tradition and the possibilities for compassion. Nariman Vakeel, the patriarch of a small discordant family, is beset by Parkinson’s and haunted by memories of his past. He lives with his two middle-aged stepchildren, Coomy, bitter and domineering, and her brother, Jal, mild-mannered and acquiescent. But the burden of the illness worsens the already strained family relationships. Soon, their sweet-tempered half-sister, Roxana, is forced to assume sole responsibility for her bedridden father. And Roxana’s husband, besieged by financial worries, devises a scheme of deception involving his eccentric employer at a sporting goods store, setting in motion a series of events that leads to the narrative’s moving outcome. Family Matters has all the richness, the gentle humour, and the narrative sweep that have earned Mistry the highest of accolades around the world.

Original title: Family Matters
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That Bind


  • Shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize
  • Awarded the 2002 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize (jointly with Pascal Khoo Thwe)
  • Shortlisted for the 2002 James Tait Black Memorial Prize

Edition #1: Family Matters

Family Matters (2002)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Once again, Rohinton Mistry has written an absolutely fabulous novel." Noah Richler, National Post
  • "A magnetic tale that comes as close to perfect as a novel can get." Booklist
  • "He ought to be considered simply one of the best writers, Indian or otherwise, now alive." Atlantic Monthly
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Family Matters (2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571230556
Dimensions: 5 x 7.7 x 1.5 in
Pages: 512

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Family Matters (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 9780771061288
Pages: 469

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Family Matters (2002)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN: 9780375403736
Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.6 x 1.3
Pages: 431

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