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The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai

Introduction Anita Desai ruminates on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life’s expectations and its realities in three perfectly etched novellas. Set in India in the not-too-distant past, the stories’ dramas illuminate the ways in which Indian culture can nourish or suffocate. All are served up with Desai’s characteristic perspicuity, [...]

Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee

Introduction Anjali Bose is “Miss New India.” Born into a traditional lower-middle-class family and living in a backwater town with an arranged marriage on the horizon, Anjali’s prospects don’t look great. But her ambition and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her expat teacher, Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to [...]

The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan

Introduction Inspired by her family history, Padma Viswanathan takes us deep inside the private lives of a Brahmin family, bringing to life an India we’ve never before seen. At the novel’s heart is Sivakami, married at ten, widowed at eighteen, and left with two children. According to the dictates of her caste, her head is [...]

Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich

A Reading Group Guide Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich Introduction At a time when her life seemed to be crashing, Katherine Russell Rich took on a writing assignment in India, where she was seduced by the idea of trying to speak Hindi.  In a rash moment, she decided she would go live and [...]

Fasting, Feasting and Diamond Dust: Stories by Anita Desai

  Downloadable Guide for Group Discussion and Classroom use “India’s finest writer in English.” — The Independent “Desai has a remarkable eye . . . for the things that give life texture.” — The New York Times “Anita Desai is one of the most brilliant and subtle writers ever to have described the meeting of [...]

Story-Wallah by Shyam Selvadurai

  About Story-Wallah Story-Wallah gathers the finest South Asian voices in fiction for the first time in a single volume. In this book, some of the world’s best fiction writers hawk their wares from different parts of the South Asian diaspora — Sri Lanka, India, the United States, Great Britain, Guyana, Malaysia, Trinidad, and Fiji [...]

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

  Downloadable Guide for Group Discussion and Classroom use • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction • Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award • The New Yorker’s Best Debut of the Year • Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize • American Academy of Arts and Letters • Addison M. Metcalf Award Winner “Storytelling [...]

Fasting, Feasting and Diamond Dust: Stories by Anita Desai

  Downloadable Guide for Group Discussion and Classroom use “India’s finest writer in English.” — The Independent “Desai has a remarkable eye . . . for the things that give life texture.” — The New York Times “Anita Desai is one of the most brilliant and subtle writers ever to have described the meeting of [...]

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi Yann Martel ISBN:9780156027328 About the book: The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. [...]

Viswanathan, Padma — The Toss of a Lemon

CONTACT: Taryn Roeder, taryn.roeder@hmhpub.com “[Viswanathan's] narrative, refreshingly, is free of anachronism, and she has a pleasing way of engaging the reader’s senses….a piece with the recent works of Vikram Seth, and reminiscent at times of García Márquez—altogether a pleasure.”  –Starred Kirkus Review The Toss of a Lemon A Novel By Padma Viswanathan                                      Inspired by [...]