Girl in White Cotton
Author: Avni Doshi
Antara has always had trouble understanding her mother Tara’s decisions – leaving her marriage to follow a guru, living on the streets like a beggar and shacking up with an unknown artist, turning her nose up at society’s expectations. But when Antara learns that her mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she searches for a way to make peace with their shared past, a past that still haunts them both.
Reliving her childhood in the Indian city of Poona in the 1980s, Catholic boarding school in the ghats of Maharashtra and her journey as a young artist in Mumbai, Antara comes up against her own fears and neuroses, realizing she might not be so different than Tara after all.
Girl in White Cotton is a journey into the shifting of memory and the subjective nature of truth, tracing the fragile line between familial devotion and betrayal. A powerful, startling debut, Avni Doshi’s novel will make you wonder and wince.
ENGLISH (Indian subcontinent) | 4th Estate / HarperCollins