Family Matters Book Summary and Study Guide

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"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.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Indian from India Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Father because he/she is    -   physically ill Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Indian Indian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 ()

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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