The Ever After of Ashwin Rao
Toronto: Random House of Canada, 2014.
PS8643 .I89 E94 2014
In 2004, almost twenty years after the fatal bombing of an Air India flight from Vancouver, two suspects –finally–are on trial for the crime. Ashwin Rao, an Indian psychologist trained in Canada, comes back to do a “study of comparative grief,” interviewing people who have lost loved ones in the attack. What he neglects to mention is that he, too, had family members who died on the plane. Soon, he becomes embroiled in the lives of one family caught in the undertow of the tragedy, and privy to their secrets. This surprising emotional connection sparks him to confront his own losses. The Ever After of Ashwin Rao imagines the lasting emotional and political consequences of a real-life act of terror, confronting what we might learn to live with and what we can live without.
Awards and Honours
2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize (Finalist)