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The devastatingly original debut novel from a winner of the 2016 Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction.

"Profoundly moving.... I cannot remember when I last read something as touching as this."
—Amitav Ghosh, author of The Glass Palace

First published by a small press in India, Jerry Pinto's debut novel has already taken the literary world by storm. Suffused with compassion, humor, and hard-won wisdom, Em and the Big Hoom is a modern masterpiece, and its American publication is certain to be one of the major literary events of the season.

Meet Imelda and Augustine, or - as our young narrator calls his unusual parents - Em and the Big Hoom. Most of the time, Em smokes endless beedis and sings her way through life. She is the sun around which everyone else orbits. But as enchanting and high-spirited as she can be, when Em's bipolar disorder seizes her she becomes monstrous, sometimes with calamitous consequences for herself and others. This accomplished debut is graceful and urgent, with a one-of-a-kind voice that will stay with listeners long after the last minute.

©2012 Jerry Pinto (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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So beautiful!

The story, the characters, the subject and the raw emotions are so wonderfully portrayed by the author. The autobiographical biography of his mother/parents deals with mental health, particularly bipolar disorder and does not fail to leave its mark on the readers/listeners. The narrators voice is most suited for this and adds to the experience.

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One of my favourite books ever

Em and the big Hoom has been an old favourite of mine. As someone with a slightly batty Goan mom I relate to this hilarious and endearing book with its wonderful prose. The narration isn't great, I'd have like the narrator to have a younger voice but it's not difficult to get into either. Overerall a wonderful book and I'd definitely recommend it.