Monday, January 7, 2013
Anyone who has reacted with horror to the recent brutal rape in India that inspired mass protests, or, rather, anyone period, should check out C.Y. Gopinath's brilliant satirical novel The Book of Answers.
I had the great pleasure of working as Gopi's agent as he first conceived of and then wrote this book, and while his incredible prose was why I took him on to be my first client, and the way The Book of Answers came together into a incredible novel is why it ended up being published and nominated for awards, I don't know that I fully appreciated until now the extent to which Gopi is also blessed with incredible prescience as well.
The Book of Answers about a man, Patros, who comes into possession of one of the most coveted items in the world, a book that contains all the answers to all of mankind's problems. Patros wants nothing to do with it. He ditches it at a junk shop, only to see an Indian politician use the book for his own nefarious gain. Patros has to decide whether he's going to turn a blind eye to the world's problems or regain his youthful idealism, an idealism that hinges on women's rights and standing up to atrocities like the one that has recently galvanized protestors.