Family Life– NYT Book Review CoverÂ
This is the second time I illustrated for author Akhil Sharmaâs writing. The first one was for his New Yorker short story âWe didnât like himâ.Â Â I have always loved the beautiful melanchonia in his work.
Family LifeÂ isÂ about an immigrantÂ familyÂ from India living in New York, with 2 children. One of the brothers, Birju, suffers from brain damage from a swimming pool accident. This incident not only impairs Birju, but also his parents. They are blinded with grief and neglects to provide the nurture and attention the younger brother Ajay needs. Check out the book review byÂ Sonali DeraniyagalaÂ here.Â
What I tried to capture in this image is how the pool hasÂ segregated and orphaned Ajay from the rest of the family. I curl my toes when I am trying to endure something painful, so I added that detail.Â
Big thanks to AD Nicholas Blechman for this great project! Look for it in the Sunday paper!
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