Sister India

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Penguin Publishing Group
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5.2 X 8.04 X 0.84 inches | 0.57 pounds

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About the Author
Peggy Payne is a journalist and travel writer who has published articles on more than twenty-five countries. She has been the recipient of an NEA grant to study fiction at Berkeley, and an Indo-American Fellowship to research this novel in Varanasi. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including God: Stories and New Stories from the South. She lives near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
"Sister India is that rarity, an utterly original novel. It is both profound and mesmerizing." --Lee Smith, author of Saving Grace
"Payne captures an outsider's sense of wonder." --The Boston Herald
"Ms. Payne's unblinkered, unsentimental but nonetheless affectionate portrait of India gives her book atmospheric power. Sister an accomplished work by a writer with a keen sense of the precariousness of our lives and the distances we are prepared to go to escape them." --The New York Times
"Peggy Payne proves...that her writer's eye sees to the center of things--to the spiritual center of our beings, whether we're from this side of the earth, or the other." --Clyde Edgerton, author of Where Trouble Sleeps
"In Sister India, Payne displays a travel writers flair for capturing the sights, sounds and smells of an exotic land. Her descriptions of Varanasi are wonderfully vivid...But it is in the formidable Natraja that Payne's writing shines most brightly." --The Charlotte Observer
"Payne...creates a poetic mosaic of sights, smells, sounds, and tastes as she limns a square mile of Varanasi." --Booklist
"Peggy Payne doesn't bore us with east-is-liberation rhapsodies. Rather, Sister India is a quite passage to a stoic India...[that] doesn't use the stark colors of cultural judgment to paint a market-friendly oriental exotica. It's the gray areas that spread between the traveler and her not-so-easily-promising land that make this novel different from those exaggerated tour guides of the romantics doubling as works of art." --India Today
"In Sister India, Peggy Payne has created a character as big as her territory, which is to say larger than life." --Tony Wheeler, founder, Lonely Planet guides
"Sister India E.M. Forster's A Passage to India." --Sunday Star News, (Wilmington, NC)
"Sister India is a book of wisdom, even one wants to say, of enlightenment...a modern-day Can
"Becoming an expatriate is like entering a witness protection program. You can flee into a new nationality, a new language, even take on a culturally correct new name, but you cannot completely pave over a life that came before. The protagonist of "Sister India"... is 400 pounds of enthralling proof. From the novel's very first sentence, her ravaged voice grips the reader... Peggy Payne has created one of the more unsettling and mesmerizing characters in expatriate literature." -"The New York Times Book Review"

"Payne captures an outsider's sense of wonder." -"Boston"" Herald"

"Like the city that inspired it, "Sister India" is complex, crowded, spiritual, blood-stained, and hypnotic." -"Wilmington"" Sunday Star-News"

"A poetic invocation of contemporary India as well as of the human spirit. With its insights into clashing cultures, it deserves comparison as a modern version of E. M. Forster's classic "A Passage to India." -Dan Wakefield, author of How Do We Know When It's God?"

""Sister India" is that rarity, an utterly original novel. It is both profound and mesmerizing." -Lee Smith, author of "Saving Grace"