The Daughters of Madurai

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Union Square & Co.
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6.32 X 9.26 X 1.34 inches | 1.43 pounds

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About the Author
Rajasree Variyar is an author and short story writer born in Bangalore and raised in Sydney. Her short stories won second prize in the Shooter Literary Magazine short story competition and were longlisted for the Brick Lane Bookshop short story competition. The Daughters of Madurai is Variyar's debut novel, inspired by a childhood memory of a news segment about a case of female infanticide in her birthplace of Bangalore--and her experience spending time with a grassroots charity in Madurai empowering women and educating girls and boys to help eradicate the practice. A marathoner and self-described history nerd, she lives in London.
"[A] wrenching debut . . . . [T]he gripping account of the family's struggle to save Nila will keep readers on the hook, as will the tension between Nila and Janani as Nila tries to find a way to share her identity . . . . [T]he complex mother-daughter story will move readers."--Publishers Weekly

"A haunting, powerful novel [about] a trauma that endures and spawns secrets that spread through the generations. . . . The Daughters of Madurai is also about the cleansing effects of modernity and love and hope."--Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of The Space Between Us

"Bursting with the vivid colors, sounds, and scents of India past and present, The Daughters of Madurai is a searing, heartrending story about the fierce love between mothers and daughters. This novel gripped me from the opening page. It continues to haunt me."--Lauren Belfer, New York Times bestselling author of And After the Fire and Ashton Hall.

"The Daughters of Madurai is a captivating and riveting debut from an unforgettable new voice."--Louise O'Neill, author of Asking for It

"A moving debut."--Cosmopolitan (UK)