A-List Akhil

Akhil Sharma
Credit: Village Voice

Granta has come out with (its second-ever) list of best young American novelists .

Among those who made the exclusive cut is Akhil Sharma, author of An Obedient Father (“a powerful debut novel that establishes Sharma as a supreme storyteller with a gift for the macabre”). When the book first came out (2000) it was said to have been in the running for the Booker Prize.

Sharma was born in Delhi, grew up in Edison, New Jersey, attended Princeton and Harvard Law. The former investment banker now lives in the City where he is at work on another novel to be published by W.W. Norton. He is married to Lisa Swanson, a lawyer almost a decade his senior.

An excerpt of Mother and Son
Listen to Sharma read from An Obedient Father
Granta’s first list of best young American novelists (1996)
Sharma interviews Frank Gehry for the WSJ

March 5, 2007
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