Book Description: From the internationally bestselling, Pulitzer Prizeâ€”winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand. Â In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully tends the earth of her garden, where he and his grandson form a special bond. But heâ€™s harboring a secret from his daughter, a love affair heâ€™s keeping all to himself. In â€śA Choice of Accommodations,â€ť a husbandâ€™s attempt to turn an old friendâ€™s wedding into a romantic getaway weekend with his wife takes a dark, revealing turn as the party lasts deep into the night. In â€śOnly Goodness,â€ť a sister eager to give her younger brother the perfect childhood she never had is overwhelmed by guilt, anguish, and anger when his alcoholism threatens her family. And in â€śHema and Kaushik,â€ť a trio of linked storiesâ€“a luminous, intensely compelling elegy of life, death, love, and fateâ€“we follow the lives of a girl and boy who, one winter, share a house in Massachusetts. They travel from innocence to experience on separate, sometimes painful paths, until destiny brings them together again years later in Rome.