Novelist and short story writer, Anita Desai is especially noted for her sensitive portrayal of the inner life of her female characters. Several of Anita Desai`s novels explore tensions between family members and the alienation of middle-class women. In her later novels Desai has dealt with such themes as German anti-Semitism, the demise of traditions, and Western stereotypical views of India. Now she spends much of the year in the US, where three of her children live. Her youngest daughter, Kiran Desai, is also a novelist.