A novel about young three men who leave India in hopes of a better life in England and a woman who tries to help is the focus of this hard-to-put-down read that was short-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Tochi leaves India for England after he witnesses his family being destroyed, Avtar and Randeep leave hoping to send their destitute families half of their wages, and Narinder agrees to a one year marriage because of guilt and a duty to her religion. All four of these young people live desperate lives, searching for food, shelter and work while evading the immigration authorities.
It will take a few chapters to fully understand the history and motives of the main characters but stay with it. The Year of the Runaways is well worth the work.