Girl in White Cotton / Burnt Sugar

Girl in White Cotton / Burnt Sugar

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Girl in White Cotton / Burnt Sugar

Author: Avni Doshi

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

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 and a story about betrayal. But not between lovers – between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar / Girl in White Cotton 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

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

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