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The Folded Earth

by Anuradha Roy

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In a remote town in the Himalaya, Maya tries to put behind her a time of great sorrow. By day she teaches in a school and at night she types up drafts of a magnum opus by her landlord, a relic of princely India known to all as Diwan Sahib. Her bond with this eccentric, and her friendship with a peasant girl, Charu, give her the sense that she might be able to forge a new existence away from the devastation of her past. As Maya finds out, no place is remote enough or small enough. The world she has come to love, where people are connected with nature, is endangered by the town’s new administration. The impending elections are hijacked by powerful outsiders who divide people and threaten the future of her school. Charu begins to behave strangely, and soon Maya understands that a new boy in the neighbourhood may be responsible. When Diwan Sahib’s nephew arrives to set up his trekking company on their estate, she is drawn to him despite herself, and finally she is forced to confront bitter and terrible truths.

A many-layered and powerful narrative, by turns poetic, elegiac and comic, by the author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing.

‘Tender and comical’ Kate Saunders, Sunday Times.

‘Her prose is tight with life’ Laura Silverman, Daily Mail.

‘Fresh and appetizing . . . I was captivated’ Tabish Khair, Independent.

‘Graceful and compassionate … written in prose that has the precision and radiance of poetry’ Neel Mukherjee.

‘A vivid evocation of north India. Roy conjures up striking images with the lightest of touches’ Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler.

‘Roy creates some wonderful, often quite eccentric characters. You can always tell when this is done to perfection when even the smallest bit part characters seem to come to life with a few brief idiosyncrasies’ Bookbag.

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