A Fine Balance

Publisher: Emblem Editions
A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry’s stunning internationally acclaimed bestseller, is set in mid-1970s India. It tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a “State of Internal Emergency.” Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances – and their fates – become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen. Mistry’s prose is alive with enduring images and a cast of unforgettable characters. Written with compassion, humour, and insight, A Fine Balance is a vivid, richly textured, and powerful novel written by one of the most gifted writers of our time.


From the Hardcover edition.

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One: City By the Sea

Dina Dalal seldom indulged in looking back at her life with regret or bitterness, or questioning why things had turned out the way they had, cheating her of the bright future everyone had predicted for her when she was in school, when her name was still Dina Shroff. And if she did sink...
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READING GUIDE

The questions, discussion topics, and suggested reading list that follow are intended to enhance your group's experience of reading Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance. We hope they will provide many interesting angles from which to approach this sweeping and magnificent novel by one of the most powerful of...
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PRAISE FOR

“A masterpiece of illumination and grace. Like all great fiction, it transforms our understanding of life.”
The Guardian (U.K.)

“This novel has the courage to remember and to reaffirm who we are, one by one; it continues, in the tradition of the great novels, to celebrate the luminous and unquenchable human spirit.”
Globe and Mail

“Few have caught the real sorrow and inexplicable strength of India, the unaccountable crookedness and sweetness, as well as Mistry.”
Time

“A towering masterpiece by a writer of genius.…”
The Independent (U.K.)

“An astonishing novel…full of wisdom and laughter and the touches of the unexpectedly familiar through which literature illuminates life.”
Wall Street Journal

“A work of stature…in scope, insight, and above all compassion for human beings.”
–Montreal Gazette

“Those who continue to harp on the inevitable decline of the novel ought to…consider Rohinton Mistry.”
New York Times Book Review of Books

“The story unfolds with the grace and beauty of a butterfly’s wing…extraordinary.”
The Times (U.K.)

“Mistry has demonstrated once again the enduring power of fiction to make sense of it all simply by telling a story…Read it.”
Vancouver Sun

“Every word of it seems like a fleck of brilliant light on a dancing ocean.…A major achievement.”
Scotland on Sunday

“A compelling book that manages the rare feat of being both entertaining and compassionate.”
India Today

“Compulsively readable; also funny, intensely moving and, like Bombay, pullulating with humanity.”
The Independent (U.K.)

“Impossible to put down.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia


From the Hardcover edition.