By Michael Slezak
October 04, 2005 at 08:24 PM EDT

It’s 1,225 pages long, it’s set in India, and it doesn’t have a title. And, oh, it might not even need Oprah’s Book Club to achieve blockbuster status. Indeed, the latest from author Vikram Chandra (Red Earth and Pouring Rain), which focuses on ”religion, politics, money, corruption, idealism, family, loyalty, and betrayal” in modern Bombay, is apparently such a page-turner that it sparked a bidding battle among six publishers, and reportedly scored the writer a seven-figure deal.

So what do you think? Does this sound like one to pre-order at your local book store, or will you wait for the reviews to come in before you bend at the knees and pick up this hefty tome?