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Family Life is a 2014 autobiographical novel by Akhil Sharma. Set in 1978, it tells the coming-of-age story of an eight-year old Indian boy named Ajay Mishra living with his recently immigrated family in New York City. The story develops around his older brother Birju, who suffers a life-changing accident, and how the family copes with the incident.[1][2][3]

Family Life
Family Life - Akhil Sharma.jpg
US hardback edition
AuthorAkhil Sharma
CountryUnited States
GenreAutobiographical novel
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
Publication date
April 7, 2014
Media typePrint (hardback and paperback)
Digital (ebook)
Pages224 (US hardback edition)
AwardsFolio Prize (2015)
International Dublin Literary Award (2016)

This was Sharma's second published novel. It won the 2015 Folio Prize and the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award.[4][5]


  1. ^ Deraniyagala, Sonali (3 April 2014). "Akhil Sharma's 'Family Life'". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  2. ^ Wolitzer, Meg (10 April 2014). "After A Disaster In 'Family Life,' Relief Never Comes". National Public Radio. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  3. ^ Gunn, Kirsty (10 May 2014). "Family Life by Akhil Sharma review – an unhappy emigration". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  4. ^ Mark Brown (23 March 2015), Akhil Sharma wins Folio prize for fiction. The Guardian. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Akhil Sharma's Family Life wins International Dublin Literary Award". BBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
Preceded by
International Dublin Literary Award recipient
Succeeded by
A General Theory of Oblivion