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Author Reading: Madhuri Vijay, The Far Field
January 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Join 702WI for a reading and Q&A with author Madhuri Vijay about her debut novel The Far Field. Author David McGlynn will introduce, and a book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public! Please RSVP if you plan to come: https://bit.ly/2SU7OmQ
In the wake of her mother’s death, Shalini, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. But upon her arrival, Shalini is brought face to face with Kashmir’s politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. And when life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Shalini finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love.
With rare acumen and evocative prose, in The Far Field Madhuri Vijay masterfully examines Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality through the lens of an outsider, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt, and the limits of compassion.