Top 10 Best Books of 2016

The Association of Small Bombs

By Karan Mahajan

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A finalist for the National Book Award, Mahajan’s novel — smart, devastating and unpredictable — opens with a Kashmiri terrorist attack in a Delhi market, then follows the lives of those affected.

This includes Deepa and Vikas Khurana, whose young sons were killed, and the boys’ injured friend Mansoor, who grows up to flirt with a form of political radicalism himself.

As the narrative suggests, nothing recovers from a bomb: not our humanity, not our politics, not even our faith.

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