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Moth

A Novel

by Melody Razak

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Moth by Melody Razak
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    Aug 2022, 368 pages

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A stunning debut novel about a Hindu family's experiences before and after India's partition.

On August 15, 1947, India gained independence from the United Kingdom, and on that same day the country was divided into two separate nations: the mostly Hindu India, and the mostly Muslim Pakistan. The split wasn't pretty; it led to what's widely believed to be one of the largest forced migrations in human history, as Muslims living in India were compelled to leave their homes for Pakistan and Hindus in Pakistan likewise required to relocate. About 15 million people were displaced — sometimes violently — and as many as one million people died of hunger or disease or were murdered during the diaspora. Brutality against women was particularly prevalent, including the systematic kidnapping and rape of somewhere around 100,000 women. It's against this turbulent period in India's history that Melody Razak sets her brilliant debut, Moth.

The book opens in early 1947, where we ...

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