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Custody

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Custody by Manju Kapur, book reviewIn India approximately 11 marriages in every 1000 end in divorce. At a shade over 1%, this is one of the lowest rates in the world. I decided not to look up the statistics on how many wives die suddenly from unexplained accidents in the home as a result of dowry disputes as that’s another issue entirely. Let’s just say that when things go bad, a trip to the lawyers isn’t always the outcome.

In Manju Kapur’s latest novel Custody she addresses the complex issues of the relatively rare business of Indian divorce. It’s not her first time dealing with controversial issues – in fact every one of her four previous books has contained plenty to upset her more conservative readers – and like each of those books there’s a discontented woman at the heart of the story.


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