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Author: Megha Majumdar
Genre: Political Fiction | Book Set In India
Publication Date: June 2020
A Burning by Megha Majumdar Summary
Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party, and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan’s fall. Lovely–an irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humor–has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear.
Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening lines, A Burning has the force of an epic while being so masterfully compressed it can be read in a single sitting. Majumdar writes with dazzling assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes that read here as the components of a thriller: class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism. An extraordinary debut.Knopf
More About The Author, Megha Majumdar
Born in Kolkata, India, Megha Majumdar moved to the US to attend Harvard University. She also attended graduate school for social anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Currently, Majumdar lives in NYC. A Burning is Majumdar’s debut novel.
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