The Village by the Sea: an Indian family story is a novel for young people by the Indian writer Anita Desai, published in London by Heinemann in 1982. It is based on the poverty, hardships and sorrow faced by a small rural, community in India. Desai won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a book award judged by a panel of British children's writers.
Much of the novel's interior normative plot lines are developed by author Anita Desai's childhood experiences at the hill station, Mussoorie (India).
Penguin published a U.S. edition in 1984.