"FAMILY MATTERS", a novel by Rohinton Mistry, published in NY, 2002, begins with the 79th birthday of its hero, Nariman Vakeel, who lives with his stepdaughter Coomy and her younger brother Jal in a roomy but decaying apartment in present-day Bombay. Vakeel, suffering from Parkinson's, breaks his leg in a fall, and Coomy, unwilling to take care of the bedridden patient, foists him off on to her younger sister Roxanne who lives with her husband and two young sons in a one bedroom apartment. This Lear-like tale also features Nariman's former lover, Lucy, whom Nariman had to give up and marry Roxanne's mother because Lucy was not a Farsi. Lucy haunts his marriage to Yasmin, mother of Roxanne, and the triangle ends in an encounter fatal to both women.
This report prepared by B.J. Korson