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the new novel

* Shortlisted for The Scotiabank Giller Prize *

Through characters hewn with great empathy and grace, writing whose brilliance illuminates every page, and a story that constantly compels and surprises, Padma Viswanathan explores hugely ambitious questions of loss, identity and faith.

Manil Suri

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News & Updates

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Paintings

July 6, 2017

Last week, I saw Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s solo show at The New Museum, in New York. Yiadom-Boakye is a youngish portraitist, much-talked about. Some of the chatter is generated by greatly exaggerated reports of the death of portraiture, or figurative painting more broadly; some because ……
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April 30, 2017

Yesterday morning, I opened the door to let the dog in after a long night of hard rains. The air was hot, muggy, already at 7. The contrast felt apocalyptic, but everything does these days: it’s just my usual adjective. How ……
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Seeing the spiders: S-Town and Atwood

April 29, 2017

I finished listening through S-Town yesterday, and want very badly to discuss it with someone. But since my husband couldn’t get past the tragic death in the second episode, which had him crying while pushing a shopping cart around Whole Foods, I ……
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About Padma

Padma Viswanathan’s debut novel, The Toss of a Lemon, was published in eight countries, a bestseller in three, and a finalist for the Commonwealth (Regional) First Book Prize, the First Novel Prize and the Pen Center USA Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, has been published in the USA, India and Australia, and her native Canada, where it was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a national bestseller. She lives on a hilltop in Arkansas ...
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For Bookclubs

Discussion suggestions and information to help your book club get started on talking about Padma’s books. Padma is also available for in-person or Skype appearances during book club meetings. Contact her for more information.
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