New South Asian Fiction — Prajwal Parajuly - The Gurkha's Daughter & Pia Padukone - Where Earth Meets Water — with Manil Suri ♦
Parajuly’s eight linked stories in The Gurkha's Daughter (Quercus), offer glimpses of life in Nepal and reflect on what it means to be Nepalese in various places around the world. His characters range from servants to shopkeepers to landladies, and the work explores class and family relationships, always asking, what draws us together, what keeps
The protagonist of Padukone’s debut novel, Where Earth Meets Water (Mira), is a lucky man: he could have been killed in the 9/11 attacks but was not. He could also have been with his family when the 2004 tsunami washed them away, but he was elsewhere. Now he’s racked with survivor’s guilt and hopes to ease his pain with a pilgrimage to India.
Parajuly and Padukone will be introduced by Manil Suri, author of three novels, most recently The City of Devi.
Beer and wine will be available.
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