No one chooses to eat a wasp. But what if it were to fly into your mouth? Would you let it sting your tongue or bite down on it? Would you spit or swallow? Would you crumple or fight? The lives of women everywhere is about such decisions and the consequences thereof. Set in a picturesque riverside resort near the Nila in Kerala, and told in the voice of a narrator one can only describe as a literary voyeur, the new novel by one of India’s favourite writers explores how ten women make their choices.