Purple Lotus

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She Writes Press
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5.4 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Veena Rao was born and raised in India but calls Atlanta home. A journalist by profession, she is the founding editor and publisher of NRI Pulse, a popular Indian-American newspaper. Although her day job involves news reports, interviews, and meeting press deadlines, she devotes her spare time to creative writing and long walks in the woods. Purple Lotus, her debut novel, is the winner of the She Writes Press and SparkPress Toward Equality in Publishing (STEP) contest.
2021 American Fiction Award: Winner

A 2021 Georgia Author of the Year Award Finalist
2021 International Book Awards, Finalist: Women's Fiction
2021 International Book Awards, Finalist: Multicultural Fiction

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"A moving and polished novel that highlights Rao's literary promise."

Kirkus Reviews

"Rao's resonant novel is an ode to the value of personal dignity and the importance of being true to oneself that carries on long after the final chapter."

Newsweek magazine

"Purple Lotus is the Atlanta novel you need to be reading this year... Tara is probably one of the strongest characters you'll find in Southern fiction."


"I'd recommend it to people who are fans of the expansive storytelling of Tayari Jones... and then to anyone who wants to add to their bookshelf of growing Atlanta literature."

--PANK Magazine

"The dazzling tale of an Indian-American woman finding her way through the labyrinth of tradition to self-awareness in the modern world. The writer employs an energetic prose style interspersed with melodic passages to make the writing itself a hybrid. Set in particular times and places, Purple Lotus nonetheless appeals to readers everywhere, especially women, to claim the full measure of their human rights. A vivid and resplendent novel for our time."

―Elaine Neil Orr, critically acclaimed author of Swimming Between Worlds