Girl in White Cotton / Burnt Sugar

Girl in White Cotton / Burnt Sugar


Girl in White Cotton / Burnt Sugar

Author: Avni Doshi

A sly and searing debut from an unmissable new voice in literary fiction.

«I would be lying if I said my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure.»

In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her loveless marriage to join an ashram, endured a brief stint as a beggar (mostly to spite her affluent parents), and spent years chasing after a dishevelled, homeless ‘artist’, all with her young child in tow. Now she is forgetting things, mixing up her maid’s wages and leaving the gas on all night, and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her.

This is a love story: a tale of obsession and betrayal. But not between lovers: between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar unpicks the slippery, choking cord of memory and myth that binds two women together, making and unmaking them endlessly.

Original language

ENGLISH (Indian subcontinent) | 4th Estate / HarperCollins India
ENGLISH (World excl. India) | Hamish Hamilton / PRH UK
ENGLISH (North America) | The Overlook Press / Abrams

Translation rights

HEBREW | Aryeh Nir Publishing House
SPANISH (World) | Temas de Hoy / Planeta

• Longlisted for the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award for Fiction 2019

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