In nine vignettes of autobiographical fiction–linked to portray a rich life, filled with searching, from London to Delhi, from Hollywood to New York–Jhabvala creates invented memories that form chapters of a possible past.
My Nine Lives
Chapters of a Possible Past
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RUTH PRAWER JHABVALA, born in 1927, wrote several novels and short stories, and in collaboration with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, she won two Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay (for Howards End and A Room with a View). She won the Booker Prize in 1975 for Heat and Dust. She died in 2013.