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Today's Bangalore mirror carried a review of a book.
The fractured self: The novel’s success lies in its characterisation of Catholics, suffering women and domineering men Eunice de Souza Posted On Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 03:24:50 AM


The fractured self By Eunice de Souza | Updated: In the book, shot through with almost unbearable pain, there are also scenes of pure comedy I sometimes wonder why, given all that we see or read about, the word “family” continues to have a cosy sound. For many people, the family is as cosy as the stranglehold of an octopus. Families have been dysfunctional ever since Eve blamed the serpent and Adam blamed Eve. But love, hate, fear, ambivalence, all form a bonding we can rarely escape.

Jerry Pinto’s first novel, Em and the big Hoom (Aleph Books 2012) explores the relationship between a mentally unstable mother, (variously diagnosed as schizophrenic, manic depressive, given to attempts to commit suicide), her two young children and their fathe…