Title: Q and A
Author: Vikas Swarup
Fiction, story based in India.
The book is quite “filmy”. In other words, it has a strong bollywood feel to it. Perhaps the author was considering a movie even while writing it (or maybe it began as an attempt at writing a movie script). Its a masala of sorts — gays, match-fixing, espionage, murder, robbery, romance, suicide, filmstars, child abuse, sex, prostitution, contract killing, incest, you name it– a comprehensive list of issues du jour are cleverly captured in the book as a part of the story.
Overall a very impressive and commendable effort for a debut novel. Most debut novels have an autobiographical side to it. But this book is the product of a hugely imaginitive mind and has little, and probably no autobiographical side to it.
The author is from the ministry of external affairs in India. Check out his interview.