VIRTUAL - Date with an Author: Avni Doshi, Author of "Burnt Sugar"

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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AuthorsLive is excited to welcome breakout literary star Avni Doshi to discuss her stunning and unforgettable debut novel, Burnt Sugar, a love story and a story about betrayal, but not between lovers - between mother and daughter, which has been shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction. This event is co-sponsored by the India Cultural Center. ICC is a nonprofit organization that celebrates the arts and culture of India. Its mission is to foster inclusion by educating and engaging the community in Indian culture.  ICC serves Fairfield and Westchester counties.  

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Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar unpicks the slippery, choking cord of memory and myth that binds mother and daughter. Is Tara’s memory loss real? Are Antara’s memories fair? In vivid and visceral prose, Tibor Jones South Asia Prize-winning writer Avni Doshi tells a story that is at once shocking and empathetic. Described by Vogue India as “poignant and economical,” Burnt Sugar—which has already sold rights into 21 languages—is about the love and deception shared between a mother and a daughter, the journey into shifting memories, altering identities, and the subjective nature of truth.

The book tells the story of Tara, who, in her youth, was wild. She abandoned her marriage to join an ashram, and while Tara is busy as a partner to the ashram’s spiritual leader, Baba, little Antara is cared for by an older devotee, Kali Mata, an American who came to the ashram after a devastating loss. Tara also embarks on a stint as a beggar (mostly to spite her affluent parents) and spends years chasing a disheveled, homeless artist, all with young Antara in tow. But now Tara is forgetting things, and Antara is an adult––an artist and married—and must search for a way to make peace with a past that haunts her as she confronts the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her.

Read the New York Times review of Burnt Sugar here.

Avni Doshi was born in New Jersey. She received her BA in art history from Barnard College and her MA in history of art at University College, London. While working as an art writer and curator in India, Avni began writing fiction. She has been awarded the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize and a Charles Pick Fellowship. Her debut novel, Burnt Sugar, was longlisted for the prestigious Tata Literature Live! First Book Award upon its publication in India and is currently shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize in Fiction. Avni Doshi currently lives in Dubai with her family.

Ms. Doshi will be interviewed by screenwriter and playwright Sharbari Ahmed. Ms. Ahmed is an author, screenwriter, and educator. Her fiction has appeared in New England Review, Gettysburg Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Wasafiri (UK) Roanoke Review, Asian Pacific American Journal, and The Caravan (India) among others. In 2019 her first novel Dust Under Her Feet was published by Westland /Tranquebar. Her short story collection The Ocean of Mrs. Nagai was published in 2013. She was on the writing team for the hit TV show Quantico on ABC and co-adapted the YA novel Rickshaw Girl for the screen. She’s on the MFA faculty for Manhattanville College.

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Event Type(s): Author Visit, Virtual, Book Discussion
Age Group(s): Adults
Stephen Schmidt