Nariman Vakeel is a seventy-nine-year-old Parsi widower beset by Parkinson's disease and haunted by memories of the past. He lives with his two middleaged step-children. When Nariman's illness is compounded by a broken ankle, he's forced to take up residence with his daughter Roxana, her husband Yezad and their two young sons. This new responsibility for Yezad, who is already besieged by financial worries, proves too much and pushes him into a scheme of deception - with devastating consequences.
Wise and compassionate, Family matters has all the richness, the gentle humour and the narrative sweep that have earned Rohinton Mistry the highest accolades.