By V. S. Naipaul

In his long-awaited, enormously leading edge new novel, Naipaul, "one of literature's nice travelers" (Los Angles Times), spans continents and centuries to create what's right away an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism. "Dickensian . . . a super new prism by which to view (Naipaul's) lifestyles and work."--New York occasions.

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I bit my tongue, avoiding the temptation to ask if we could meet later. My growing list of emails was already over a hundred deep. But when I glanced up, I knew my emails would have to wait. The expression on Ben’s face told me it was important, and I suspected it was about the Starbucks account. “Sure, Ben. ” “Just wanted to show you some of the thought-starters we’ve designed for the meeting tomorrow. ” Ben lay out the glossy 11x14 comps, and walked me through the thinking behind the ideas. I nodded my head, absorbing the work.

No, no, nooo! ” 41 My dad holds tighter. I kick hard. As hard as I can. Daddy calls for help. He yells so loud it hurts my ears. Two doctors rush over. ” one asks. “I don’t know,” Daddy answers. ” I’m more scared now that the doctors are asking questions. I need to get out of here. I bite Daddy. Hard. He drops me. ” I hear one of the doctors yell loudly as I try to break away from my daddy. I don’t know what a code white is. Two policemen find me. They grab me. They carry me to the back. They put me on a bed and hold me down.

I sipped at my coffee, now at a tolerable temperature, and hugged the mug for warmth. With each passing minute, I became more desperate to see our car pull into the driveway, complete with Nate’s lopsided grin shining from the back seat. “Mom . . ” I jumped at Grace’s voice and spilled coffee on my pants. “Pardon? Oh, I just thought I’d get some air. ” I forced a smile. ” “No, thanks. I’ve got to go text Emma. ” Grace flipped her long blonde hair behind her shoulder and retreated back in the house.

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