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A Bad Character

A novel

by Deepti Kapoor

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A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2015
    256 pages
    Genre: Novels

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A highly charged debut novel about a young woman in India, and the love that both shatters and transforms her.

She is twenty and restless in New Delhi. Her mother has died; her father has left for Singapore.  He is a few years older, just back to India from New York. When they meet in a café one afternoon, she--lonely, hungry for experience, yearning to break free of tradition--casts aside her fears and throws herself headlong into a love affair, one that takes her where she has never been before. 

Told in a voice at once gritty and lyrical, mournful and frank, A Bad Character is an unforgettable hymn to an exhilarating, dangerous city, and a portrait of desire and its consequences as timeless as it is universal.

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"Overfreighted with the angst of youth, this novel is at its most impressive in its impressionistic evocation of a dazzling, dangerous cityscape." - Kirkus

"The story and the style are reminiscent of Marguerite Duras's The Lover, but when fused with the vivid Delhi scenes, Kapoor's novel ventures into exciting and original territory." - Publishers Weekly

"As the narrative skips through time, there emerges a poignant and impressionistic portrait of the end of adolescence and a changing world...A promising first novel." - The Daily Telegraph (UK)

"The characters are interesting and the story grips, but the heart of this book is Delhi: filthy, challenging, destructive and thrillingly alive." - The Daily Mail (UK)

"Slender, mysterious...This novel offers vivid insights into what it means to be a woman in 21st-century Delhi." - The Observer (UK)

"Sinewy in its prose and fierce in its sentiment, A Bad Character will invite scrutiny for its raw sex and even rawer emotions...This is a book to be read in one go. It is liberating, especially for any young woman who wants to live life looking her demons in the eye." - India Today (India)

"With remarkable candor, she crafts sentences that stand out for their elegance and brevity; they linger in your memory long after the last page has been turned." - The Indian Express (India)

"An impressive debut...fast-paced, compelling...In its dark tone and impressionistic style, A Bad Character is reminiscent of the European literature and cinema of the 1950s and '60s...Intense." - DNA Mumbai (India)

"This stunning novel about female desire is the literary fiction debut of the year. Kapoor is a compelling new voice. With its sense of urgency and stripped-down sentences, there is a Kerouac-like quality to her prose. A fan of Marguerite Duras's The Lover? Get this book." - Vogue India (India)

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Deepti Kapoor

Deepti Kapoor grew up in Northern India and attended college in New Delhi, where she worked for several years as a journalist. A Bad Character is her first novel.

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