Reading The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai, winner of the Booker Prize. This is her second book. Ironically, her mother, famous author Anita Desai, has been short listed several times, but has never won. Here's a mother/daughter interview, harmonious, and absent of any rivalry. (see also the 12/22/06 post)

She's reading this for her book group. Recently, when they discussed Zadie Smith's On Beauty, and she talked about sections of dialog which Smith does well, especially when describing conflicts. She also shared images of some of the visual art described in the book (some of the characters are art professors), which were symbolic.

Some of her favorite books--The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri; Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale; and Never Let me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (...who was also short listed for the Booker Prize).