Set in India in a small Himalayan community along the border with Nepal, its center is the once grand, now decaying home of a melancholy retired judge, his valiant cook, and beloved dog. Sai, the judge's teenage granddaughter, has just moved in, and she finds herself enmeshed in a shadowy fairy tale-like life in a majestic landscape where nature is so rambunctious it threatens to overwhelm every human quest for order. Add violent political unrest fomented by poor young men enraged by the persistence of colonial-rooted prejudice, and this is a paradise under siege.
Grandfathers -- Fiction.
Grandparent and child -- Fiction.
Judges -- Retirement -- Fiction.
Kānchenjunga (Nepal and India) -- Fiction.
Man Booker Prize.
Older men -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Teenage girls -- Fiction.
Tutors and tutoring -- Fiction.