The Folded Earth: Book summary and reviews of The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy

The Folded Earth

A Novel

by Anuradha Roy

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The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy
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  • Published Apr 2012
    288 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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Longlisted for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize

Shorlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize for Best Fiction 2011

With her debut novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, Anuradha Roy's exquisite storytelling instantly won readers' hearts around the world, and the novel was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and The Seattle Times.

Now, Roy has returned with another masterpiece that is already earning international prize attention, an evocative and deeply moving tale of a young woman making a new life for herself amid the foothills of the Himalaya. Desperate to leave a private tragedy behind, Maya abandons herself to the rhythms of the little village, where people coexist peacefully with nature. But all is not as it seems, and she soon learns that no refuge is remote enough to keep out the modern world. When power-hungry politicians threaten her beloved mountain community, Maya finds herself caught between the life she left behind and the new home she is determined to protect.

Elegiac, witty, and profound by turns, and with a tender love story at its core, The Folded Earth brims with the same genius and love of language that made An Atlas of Impossible Longing an international success and confirms Anuradha Roy as a major new literary talent.

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"Roy's follow-up to An Atlas of Impossible Longing is occasionally slow going but her musical writing and strong imagery compensate, and individual moments sparkle." - Publishers Weekly

"Despite an occasional sense of drift, this understated, finely observed book expresses a haunting vision. A writer to watch." - Kirkus Reviews

"[Roy's] narrative is poised and her language precise and poetic, without being flamboyant... a story about love and hate, continuity and change, loss and grief in a convincing and memorable setting." - The Independent (UK)

"Anuradha's ability to seamlessly place the private lives of her characters within a larger socio-political setting is what she carries into her second book [as well]... at the end of The Folded Earth you feel a firm belief in the redemptive qualities of life and love." - Elle

"A gently perceptive story, half comic and half poignant, of a woman's struggle to forget her sorrows in new surroundings." - The Sunday Times (UK)

"Tight with life. ...Roy's attention to individual words pays off as she conveys the full texture of experiences. ...Even minor characters are evoked with inventive idiosyncrasy." - Daily Mail (UK)

"The Folded Earth is pure pleasure, that old fashioned sort of novel in which one can immerse oneself; an absolute treat." - Business World (UK)

"Roy has an admirably restrained style and her novel offers a vivid evocation of North India. She conjures up striking images with the lightest of touches." - The Tatler (UK)

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Anuradha Roy Author Biography

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Anuradha Roy is the author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing, The Folded Earth, Sleeping on Jupiter, All the Lives We Never Lived, and Earthspinner. She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the DSC Prize for Fiction, the Crossword Prize, and the Tata Book of the Year Award. She has been shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Man Asia Prize. Her books have been translated into more than 15 languages. In 2020, she was conferred the Nilimarani Sahitya Samman for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Literature. She works as a graphic designer at Permanent Black, an independent press she runs with Rukun Advani. She lives in Ranikhet, India.

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Anuradha Roy: AH-nuh-rahd-ha

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