A Burning

A Burning

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A New York Times Notable Book

A National Book Award Longlist honoree and "gripping thriller with compassionate social commentary" (USA Today)

Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely--an irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humor--has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear.

Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening lines, A Burning is an electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise--to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies--and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.

Author: Megha Majumdar
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 06/29/2021
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.44lbs
Size: 7.95h x 5.20w x 0.79d
ISBN: 9780593081259

Review Citation(s):
Shelf Awareness 07/09/2021

About the Author
Megha Majumdar was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She moved to the United States to attend college at Harvard University, followed by graduate school in social anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She works as an editor at Catapult and lives in New York City. A Burning is her first book.