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Burnt Sugar

by Avni Doshi

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Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2021, 240 pages
    Paperback:
    Mar 15, 2022, 240 pages

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A searingly elegant novel about memory and the complexities of a mother-daughter relationship molded by trauma and selfishness, captivating in its honesty and acerbic humor.

It's no surprise that Avni Doshi's debut novel was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. Her prose is crisp, clean and brutal from the opening line: "I would be lying if I said my mother's misery has never given me pleasure." In Burnt Sugar, Doshi depicts the relationship between Antara and her mother, Tara, over three decades.

The book is narrated by Antara once she has grown up and Tara has begun to show signs of dementia. It includes flashbacks of Tara's youth and Antara's childhood in Pune, India. As a young woman, Tara is headstrong and rebellious, putting her own needs ahead of those of her daughter. She turns her back on the comfortable life led by her affluent husband and parents to join an ashram, uprooting her infant child and dragging her into a chaotic and abusive existence during her formative years.

As an adult, Antara has adopted many of the conventional comforts ...

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