The Parcel

The Parcel

Finalist for the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and for the Governor General's Literary Award, this powerful new work, about a transgender sex worker in the red-light district of Bombay who is given an unexpected task, is a gripping literary page-turner--difficult and moving, surprising and tender. Anosh Irani's best novel yet, and his first with Knopf Canada. The Parcel's...

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Title:The Parcel
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The Parcel Reviews

  • Aditi
    "Nature chooses who will be transgender; individuals don't choose this." ----Mercedes RuehlAnosh Irani, an Indo-Canadian novelist, has penned a heart touching and extremely enlightening story about an Indian transgender and a very young "virgin" prostitute, where the transgender is given a job to ...
  • Aritri Chatterjee
    Remember being stuck in a phase of life that makes you cringe and suffocate. You feel so out of place and your only reasonable action is desperately trying to fit in. Now imagine, having to do that throughout your life because you are confined within the shackles of the wrong body. Add to that, the ...
  • Eric Anderson
    This novel was published at the perfect time for me. I'd read Arundhati Roy's sprawling new novel “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” over the summer. While I admired so much about her impassioned writing, I was disappointed that she didn't concentrate more on the full story of Anjum, an in...
  • Rose
    I don't know if I would have read this book had I not happened to catch a radio interview with the author. He said he just had to write it. It takes place near where he grew up in India. The red light district was close enough that it stayed with him all these years forcing him to tell a story about...
  • Murray
    I read fiction to fetch me truths about the lives of other people, especially those whose life experiences are very different to mine. And ‘The Parcel’ really delivered. Some of the actions of Madhu, the unforgettable protagonist, are casually vicious, while others are generous. Some are p...
  • Doug
    When I read Arundhati Roy's Booker nominated The Ministry of Utmost Happiness a few years back, I was most struck by the initial hundred or so pages, which detailed the life of the hijra Anjum. So when I heard about this book, which is also centered on a hijra character, I was intrigued. Irani's boo...
  • Krista
    When it came to the opening of a parcel, Madhu did not believe in the conventional approach wherein the madam and a couple of prostitutes pinned the parcel down to a bed while the customer broke her in. The parcels momentarily turned into eels, the terror electric, until their muscles went limp. Th...
  • Lata
    I can't say I enjoyed this book about sex trafficking and the sex trade in Mumbhai. I found it tough reading about young girls sold by their families into the sex trade, and the processes used to get girls ready to service many men every day. The beatings, drug use, humiliation, disease and general ...

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