Neel Mukherjee


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Atlantic Books
4 April 2024
ISBN: 9781805460497
320 pages

From the publisher

‘A brilliant, bleak moral maze of a novel‘ Guardian

‘Dazzling… by turns comic, lyrical and heartbreaking’ Monica Ali

‘Profound and beautiful’ Paul Murray, author of The Bee Sting

‘A vital, haunting, devastating read’ Sarah Waters

A publisher, who is at war with his industry and himself, embarks on a radical experiment in his own life and the lives of those connected to him; an academic exchanges one story for another after an accident brings a stranger into her life; and a family in rural India have their lives destroyed by a gift.

These three ingeniously linked but distinct narratives, each of which has devastating unintended consequences, form a breathtaking exploration of freedom, responsibility, and ethics. What happens when market values replace other notions of value and meaning? How do the choices we make affect our work, our relationships, and our place in the world? Neel Mukherjee’s new novel exposes the myths of individual choice, and confronts our fundamental assumptions about economics, race, appropriation, and the tangled ethics of contemporary life.

Choice is a scathing, compassionate quarrel with the world, a masterful inquiry into how we should live our lives, and how we should tell them.

‘A magnificent achievement’ Namwali Serpell

‘A superb writer… his greatest work yet’ Michelle de Kretser