My Beloved Life Immigrant Montana - Amitava Kumar

My Beloved Life

“An immersive, moving portrait that steadily gathers intensity, vividness, and surprise.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Kumar unfurls a majestic Indian family saga in successive bildungsroman narratives of a father and daughter . . . A stunning final chapter sheds new light on their stories . . . Kumar excels at blending mysticism and a refined cosmopolitan perspective . . . Readers will find much to savor.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

My Beloved Life is storytelling at its best.”

Bookpage (starred review)

 “his new novel is always deeply human; the heart is everywhere in these pages.” — James Wood, in the New Yorker


“This profound book is full of lives whose beauty lies in the wholeness of their telling. A father, a daughter, a crime, a country being born, a migration, another country, a plague. ‘We are in touch with a great astonishing mystery when we put honest words down on paper to register a life and to offer witness. Everything else is ordinary,’ Kumar writes. His novel offers magnificent witness, and is not ordinary but extraordinary.” —Salman Rushdie