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Moth : One of the Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021, Paperback / softback Book

Moth : One of the Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021 Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021 Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott PrizeShortlisted for the Author's Club Best First Novel AwardHarper's Bazaar's 'Five Debut Female Authors to Read This Summer''Powerful and heartbreaking'Observer'Gripping...

Razak painstakingly paints a portrait of a family; their rituals, their private languages, their shared lives'The Times 'Heartbreaking and heart-warming...

The character portrayal is so intricate that as the plot twists and turns, you'll truly care what happens to them'Independent'Assured and powerful'Harper's Bazaar'One of the best debuts I've ever read.

It made my heart swell'Sarah Winman, author of Still Life'A stunning, powerful work by a brave new voice in British fiction'Anna Hope, author of Expectation 'Powerful and moving... Every character springs from the page'Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures Delhi, 1946 Ma and Bappu teach at the local university.

Their fourteen year-old daughter Alma is soon to be married but she is mostly interested in spinning wild stories for her beloved younger sister Roop. Times are bad for girls in India. The long-awaited independence from British rule brings unrest that threatens to unravel the rich tapestry of Delhi, and when Partition happens, Ma, Bappu, Alma and Roop are forced to find increasingly desperate ways to survive. But the the power of hope is an extraordinary thing... MEET THE FAMILY AT THE HEART OF MOTH:Alma: the beating heart of the novel.

We meet her as a precocious 14-year old who becomes entangled with the chaos of Partition with devastating consequencesRoop: Alma's younger sister.

Obsessed with death, she is a fierce, funny and rather wild child trying to make sense of the destruction that has befallen her familyMa and Bappu: their dream of an independent India collapses under the weight of History.

Ma's experience mirrors that of the many Indian women who were hoping for new freedom under an independent India - and had to face more harassment and insecurity insteadAnd many more: the Muslim nanny, forced to hide in a water tank; the widowed house-keeper whose mission is to keep the family together; the old grandmother, obsessed with the family's honour and determined to preserve it no matter the cost...

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