House of Caravans

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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.32 pounds

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About the Author
Shilpi Suneja is the author of House of Caravans. Born in India, her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in Guernica, McSweeney's, Cognoscenti, and the Michigan Quarterly Review. Her writing has been supported by a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship, a Grub Street Novel Incubator Scholarship, and she was the Desai fellow at the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. She holds an MA in English from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from Boston University, where she was awarded the Saul Bellow Prize. She lives in Cambridge, MA.
Praise for House of Caravans"Reminiscent of Zadie Smith's White Teeth... [a] moving evocation of life before, during, and after Partition and the past's immeasurable impact on the present."--Kirkus Reviews
"Suneja weaves a tale that spans generations, centering on the trauma of the Partition and its rippling effects on a family trying to find its way back to one another. This is a promising debut."--Publishers Weekly
"Told with sumptuous language and epic intensity, House of Caravans is a captivating, harrowing historical saga."--Foreword Reviews

"Tolstoyan in its scope, House of Caravans is a marvel of a novel. It copes with some major issues of our time, such as the mingling of races, colonization, rebellion, historical violence, migrations, and also love and remembrance. Shilpi Suneja writes with patience, subtlety, and intelligence. She is a genuine artist."--Ha Jin, author of Waiting

"Grappling with themes of social injustice, immigrant life in the U.S., and the complicated bonds within extended families, Shilpi Suneja's novel reveals a sincere, informed engagement with matters of political history and of human dignity."--Daphne Kalotay, author of Blue Hours"These are characters I won't forget, they burn with vivacity, and the scenes do too. I am happy to be among them. . . . This is a marvelous story and Shilpi Suneja's voice livens it up."--Fanny Howe, author of Love and I"Straddling two critical time periods of great violence and change on a global scale, Suneja's novel weaves an intimate tale of two brothers--both brimming with regret, prejudice, sweetness and sorrow--as deftly as a spinner with golden thread. I can't even begin to fully convey the complexities of this book--its richness, its tenderness, its intelligence--all in a story that pulls you into Suneja's dreamy imagination. This is a novel that will make you marvel, think, and finally, break your heart."--Michelle Hoover, author of Bottomland: A Novel"A tale of kinship, violence, separation, and reunion, House of Caravans is rich and evocative, filled with unforgettable details of India at the end of colonial rule. The Partition is an enormous subject, and this is marvelous storytelling."--Allegra Goodman, author of Sam: A Novel"House of Caravans is an astonishing debut--the work of a master writer. Through finely wrought details and clever plotting, Shilpi Suneja illustrates how the reverberations of the 1947 Partition are felt across multiple generations. With her deft writing and her penetrating imagination, Suneja gifts us with a beautiful testament to the power of storytelling."--Shawna Yang Ryan, author of Green Island"From intimate love stories to terrorist plots to the political intrigues of 1940s British India, Shilpi Suneja's absorbing novel introduces a nuanced, sophisticated, and authentic voice that illustrates the human cost of colonialism and resilience of true love. Simultaneously set in 2002 and in the harrowing years before the violent creation of Muslim Pakistan and Hindu-majority India, House of Caravans recounts the story of four generations of a family whose members refuse to be defined by the limitations of their times, who dare to love and befriend across religious and class divides. This is a gorgeous and enjoyable tale, eschewing binary and easy definitions of identity, home, and family."--Rishi Reddi, author of Passage West