Literary Birthday – 22 July – Akhil Sharma

Happy Birthday, Akhil Sharma, born 22 July 1971.

Five Quotes

  1. I don’t really revise. I tend to rewrite.
  2. Novels should be judged rigorously. Either a book works or it doesn’t. The fact that something is true in the real world should not lend authority to it in fiction.
  3. Vanishing into books, I felt held.
  4. It is hard to create a first-person narrator that can be a child and yet is able to take in enough information for the narrative to be legible to the reader.
  5. Exposition suggests a great trust in the reader, and this expression of trust makes a book feel tender.

Akhil Sharma is an Indian-American author. His first novel An Obedient Father won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. His second, Family Life, won the Folio Prize and International Dublin Literary Award.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 22nd July 2017