Akhil Sharma burst on to the writing scene with a series of award-winning short stories, followed by his debut novel, An Obedient Father (2001), which won the PEN/Hemingway Award. There was silence for the next thirteen years, except for the occasional short story. From being the next big thing, Sharma seemed to have disappeared into anonymity. But in 2014, Family Life was published. The book, a visceral account of a family coping with the aftermath of a crippling accident, has won the Foli