A New York Times Notable Book of 2018
A devastating novel of multiple narratives, “a mark of Neel Mukherjee’s range and force and ambition” (New York Times Book Review).
A State of Freedom wrests open the central, defining events of our century: displacement and migration. Five characters, in very different circumstances—from a domestic cook in Mumbai to a vagrant and his dancing bear—find out the meanings of dislocation and the desire to get more out of life.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Neel Mukherjee’s luminous fourth novel is a lyrical meditation on belonging and community. Set in India, it’s populated by a cast of men, women, and children whose interwoven narratives hopscotch between background and center stage, often in surprising ways. Mukherjee is known for his masterful depictions of poverty, privilege, and invisibility, which here serve as achingly beautiful and profoundly necessary reminders of our shared humanity.