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.
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