Rick’s Pick: Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity
by Nayantara Sahgal (New Directions)

This 1988 novel was “rediscovered” here this summer when its 84-year-old author came to Seattle for an evening at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. This beautifully written story, set in 1929 and much turbulence, tells of a man whose world is turned upside down when he’s arrested and put in prison by mistake. His complicated life – love life and otherwise – comes to the surface as part of his ordeal. A novel of subtle surprises and delights.  – Rick

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