The book was recommended as one of 100 novels that make you proud to be Canadian, compiled by CBCbooks.ca. It is also on the O Canada! The Best Canadian Books list.
The story is about four very different people, a widow, a young student, and two tailors, who come together during a turbulent time in India of the 1970s and discover friendship and love despite the extreme sadness and instability of the times they are living in.
It is a very sad and emotional book but I bet you will read it a second time.