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Burnt Sugar

by Avni Doshi

Audiobooks of the Month Family Drama Literary Fiction

Burnt Sugar Synopsis

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020: A searing, compulsively readable story of mothers and daughters, memory and madness, love and betrayal.

PICKED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020 BY the Guardian, Economist, Spectator and more...

In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her arranged marriage to join an ashram, took a hapless artist for a lover, rebelled against every social expectation of a good Indian woman - all with her young child in tow. Years on, she is an old woman with a fading memory, mixing up her maid's wages and leaving the gas on all night, and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a mother who never seemed to care for her.

This is a poisoned love story. But not between lovers - between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar gradually untangles the knot of memory and myth that bind two women together, revealing the truth that lies beneath.

Burnt Sugar Press Reviews

'Utterly compelling, unflinching, written with poignancy and memorability' The Booker Prize Judges 2020

'Arresting and fiercely intelligent, disarmingly witty and frank' Sunday Times

'An unsettling, sinewy debut, startling in its venom and disarming in its humour from the very first sentence' Guardian

'A corrosive, compulsive debut' Daily Telegraph (*****)

**'**Scouringly brilliant, a blazing debut with words that glitter sharp as shards of broken mirror' Buro.

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ISBN: 9780241441510
Publication date: 30/07/2020
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780241990865
Publication date: 30/07/2020
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241990865
Publication date: 30th July 2020
Author: Avni Doshi
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Audiobook
Genres: Audiobooks of the Month, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,

About Avni Doshi

Avni Doshi was born in New Jersey in 1982 and is currently based in Dubai. She won the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize in 2013 and a Charles Pick Fellowship at the University of East Anglia in 2014. Her debut novel, Burnt Sugar, is longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020. A version of the same novel is also published in India under the title Girl in White Cotton.

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