Akhil Sharma’s fiction has been described as “a glowing work of art” by The Wall Street Journal. He was born in New Delhi and moved to New Jersey when he was eight. His cultural background, upbringing and the challenges he faced come through in his work. His last book, Family Life, was a semi-autobiographical, award-winning work that was on The New York Times Best Book of the Year list. Sharma teaches creative writing at Rutgers University–Newark. His new short story collection, A Life of Adventure and Delight, follows Indian characters at home and abroad and explores the unpredictable nature of the heart.