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Short story: A Mistake

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By Akhil Sharma   May 2015

© Vin Ganapathy

Akhil Sharma won the 2015 Folio Prize for fiction with his autobiographical novel Family Life. The story below, “A Mistake,” is extracted from that novel. It is narrated by Ajay, an Indian boy who has recently moved with his parents and older brother Birju to America. “In a novel that took 12 and a half years to write,” says Sharma, “these 3,000 words were some of the first and also the easiest. Despite the enormous trauma of what the novel required, I read these…

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