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Em and the Big Hoom (Paperback)

Em and the Big Hoom By Jerry Pinto Cover Image
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“This is the story of the Mendes family who live in Bombay, India. Em is Imelda. The Big Hoom is Augustine. When they fall in love, he is handsome, reliable, and tender; she is witty, charismatic, and eccentric. But after their two children are born, it becomes clear that Em is also bipolar. The life of the family revolves around her -- her highs, her lows, her suicide attempts, and her recoveries. Told through the eyes of their teenaged son, Em and the Big Hoom is a rare story of love, pain, and laughter. Pinto weaves a beautiful tale of a family trying to be family despite the odds.”
— Muir & Jenny Cohen, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, OR


Set in Bombay during the last decades of the twentieth century, Em and The Big Hoom tells the compelling story of the Mendeses mother, father, daughter and son. Between Em, the beedi smoking, hyperactive mother, driven frequently to hospital by her mania and failed suicide attempts and the Big Hoom, the rock solid, dependable father, trying to hold things together as best he can, they are an extraordinary family. Winner of 'The Hindu' Literary Prize 2012.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789382277316
ISBN-10: 9382277315
Publisher: Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd
Publication Date: February 11th, 2013
Pages: 248
Language: English

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