Akhil Sharma

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Akhil Sharma was born in Delhi in India and emigrated to the USA in 1979. His stories have been published in the New Yorker and in Atlantic Monthly, and have been included in The Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Collections. His first novel, An Obedient Father, won the 2001 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. He was named one of Granta's 'Best of Young American Novelists' in 2007.

'The Trick of Life': read Akhil Sharma's essay on writing Family Life

'Akhil Sharma's Family Life': an interview with Akhil Sharma

Books by Akhil Sharma


Published: April 2019

Armed with Cosmopolitan magazine as his bible, Gopal embarks on a quest for suburban romance.

A Life of Adventure and Delight

Published: September 2018

'He is truly the Chekhov of our time.' - Yiyun Li

A Life of Adventure and Delight

Published: October 2017

The highly anticipated debut story collection from the award-winning author of Family Life; they're powerful, elegant, tender and often funny.

Family Life

Published: June 2015

Heart-wrenching and darkly comic, this hotly anticipated second novel from the author of An Obedient Father is the beautifully told story of a boy torn between duty and survival.

An Obedient Father

Published: June 2015

A classic novel from the author of Family Life.

Obedient Father

Published: July 2005

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