The City of Good Death


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$28.00  $25.76
Restless Books
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.7 inches | 1.8 pounds

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About the Author

Priyanka Champaneri received her MFA in creative writing from George Mason University and has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts numerous times. She received the 2018 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for The City of Good Death, her first novel.


"This is an insightful look at the Hindu traditions surrounding death and 'funerals' in the Holy City of Kashi. We go inside the hostel and see the life of Pradesh and his family, as they faithfully attend to the families coming with the bodies of their loved ones. But when a corpse shows up after being found in the river, it is not easy to '...Not look back. Detach, ' as they always tell the family members. There is a history here and their own family is soon embroiled in an emotional turmoil that changes everything. This is a remarkable cultural story but also one of common humanity. Book clubs will want to give it a look."--Linda Bond "Auntie's Bookstore "
"Champaneri's Kashi is teeming and vivid ... the book frequently charms, and it's as full of humor, warmth, and mystery as Kashi's own marketplace."--Kirkus Reviews

"Lush prose evokes the thick, close atmosphere of Kashi and the intricate religious practices upon which life and death depend. Rumor and superstition hold sway over even the most level-headed people, twisting what's explainable into something extraordinary--with tragic consequences.... The City of Good Death is a breathtaking, unforgettable novel about how remembering the past is just as important as moving on."

--Eileen Gonzalez "Foreword Reviews, Starred Review "