The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran

Publisher: The Dial Press
Publication Date: April 2013
Categories: Family Life, Literary, India
Source: Random House
Anand is a Bangalore success story: successful, well married, rich. At least, that’s how he appears. But if his little factory is to grow, he needs land and money, and, in the New India, neither of these is easy to find.
Kamala, Anand’s family’s maid, lives perilously close to the edge of disaster. She and her clever teenage son have almost nothing, and their small hopes for self-betterment depend on the contentment of Anand’s wife: a woman to whom whims come easily.
But Kamala’s son keeps bad company, and Anand’s marriage is in trouble. The murky world where crime and land and politics meet is a dangerous place for a good man, particularly one on whom the well-being of so many depends.
My Thoughts:

I’m smitten with tales set in India. I’m besotted by convincing characters. I’m crazy about skillful prose. The Hope Factory contains everything on my literary wish list. 
This is the tale of two families. Anand and his family seem to have it all. Kamala and her son live on the very edge of poverty. In reality both families are dealing with matters that could send them over the brink to ruin. 
This novel is populated with corrupt politicians, shady coworkers, and unseemly friends.  Anand and Kamala  even have to be cautious of their own family members who don’t have their best interests at heart.
At the core of The Hope Factory is the desire that Anand and Kamala have to be good parents. I was especially struck by the struggle that Kamala goes through to make sure that her son is educated and able to rise above their current station. 
The desire for a better and secure future is something we can all understand. Lavanya Sankaran uses that theme to write an outstanding story. 

25 thoughts on “The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran

  1. I haven't read many books set in India, or by Indian authors, but I must say I also love tales set in India. It depends on the author and how he/she sees the country, but I love how the characters are believable and relatable and reading about the lives and issues the people in India have to deal with on a daily basis. Corruption, poverty, revenge, etc. My comment probably has very little to do with this book, but oh well 🙂


  2. I like the premise a lot, the way decisions can affect a different family in that way. The thread of Kamala trying to help her son sounds interesting, too.


  3. I have heard good things about this book. It sounds like it really has a great assortment of interesting if not so nice characters. I also need to read more books about India.


  4. For some strange reason I can't reply on your comment 😦 Wanted to say the last one I read was a young adult novel called Midnight Palace.


  5. This sounds great! I'm fascinated by India, and the struggles faced by both rich and poor families sound really interesting.


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