Quick summary: Eight-year-old Anu is very close to his grandfather (Bapu) and doesn’t know how to cope when Bapu has a massive stroke and dies. He thinks if only he can do something – say the right words, perform the right actions – he might be able to bring his Bapu back to him.
My thoughts: At first I wasn’t sure about this one. I started reading it right after The Magician’s Elephant and it took me awhile to change my brain to accommodate the new sort of prose. Once I got into the story, though, I really loved the book. There was a scene near the end that made me cry, and I don’t cry easily at books. I get teary, but the tears usually don’t fall. They fell this time. The was so sweet and heartbreaking, but not too miserable to make it a depressing book. It had moments of humor and little places to rest all along it. And it had elephants!! Elephants are good! 😀