All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy is a touching novel about a man named Myshkin whose mother abandoned him when he was 9-years-old. After reading the first line of the book, I had a tough time putting it down.
Told in the voices of Myshkin, now a retired man in India, and his mother through an envelope full of letters she wrote to him and her friend over the course of years, we discover the reasons which made her leave everything familiar behind. We also experience her truths as well as her son’s pain.
This moving story is one which explores the wide variety of motivations behind the choices made by the principal characters in the book. Myshkin’s parents were as different as night and day which allows for a great contrast and comparison themed plot.
This is the second novel I’ve read by Roy and I admire his style of writing. This story tugged at my heartstrings. The end found me in tears. Highly recommended.