Category: Literary Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)
India Title: Not Only the Things that have Happened
Annakutty relinquishes her four-year-old son, Madhu, to German tourists passing through her town. Thirty-six years pass and she lies on her death bed not knowing how to die; a world away, he struggles with not knowing how to inhabit his life. The mother and son’s search for each other leads to the quest for a narrative powerful enough to allow him to live and her to die without the redemption of a reunion.
Such a narrative must map the contours of the future she had hoped to inhabit with him and of the past that will forever remain unknown to him.
Theirs is the story of not only the things that have happened in their lives but also of what may and might have happened. Lost Boy is also the larger story of how people in two different societies – Kerala and Midwestern United States – go about the business of loving and leaving, in short the business of living.