12 regular print copies, 1 large print copy + 1 resource notebook
The hopes and dreams of an immigrant Indian family are dashed when the oldest son never recovers from a swimming pool accident. Left to nurse the comatose Birju and mourn their lost ambitions, his father becomes an outcast alcoholic and his mother a saint revered in the local Indian community. But his younger brother Ajay, the narrator of the story, makes himself responsible for meeting his parents' expectations, despite being overlooked in their focus on Birju. Although based on Sharma's own family, this fictional telling allows readers to experience this family's life firsthand.