Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel

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A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, for readers of Rupi Kaur, about the EXTRAORDINARY BOND BETWEEN TWO GIRLS driven apart by circumstances but relentless in their search for one another.

Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them. They are poor. They are driven. And they are girls.

When Poornima was just a toddler, she was about to fall into a river. Her mother, beside herself, screamed at her father to grab her. But he hesitated: “I was standing there, and I was thinking...She’s just a girl. Let her go...That’s the thing with girls, isn’t it...You think, Push. That’s all it would take. Just one little push.”

After her mother’s death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to take care of her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond the arranged marriage her father is desperate to secure for her. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend. Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls’ perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within them.

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About the author

Shobha Rao moved to the United States from India at the age of seven. She is the author of the short story collection An Unrestored Woman. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story "Kavitha and Mustafa" was chosen by T. C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015. She lives in San Francisco.
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Publisher
Flatiron Books
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Published on
Mar 6, 2018
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9781250074263
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Fiction / Literary
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Un descubrimiento literario. Un libro de relatos magistral. Una autora galardonada con el Premio Katherine Anne Porter de Ficción e incluida en The Best American Short Stories.

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Tania James

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Anita Felicelli, San Francisco Chronicle

«Magníficos, inquietantes y asombrosamente poderosos. Cada relato es único, sugerente y agudamente provocador.»
Marylebone Journal (UK)

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Siobhan Fallon, New York Journal of Books

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Mía

«Ojo a su prosa: exquisita y precisa, con un gusto por los detalles, por los pequeños gestos, por los colores vivos y los cuerpos bellos. Sus cuentos manejan muy bien la elipsis: la autora sabe cortar, como si fuera igual de importante lo que se dice que lo se calla. Ella sabe cogernos de la mano y hacer que la acompañemos en esa dura travesía. [...] Shobha Rao recuerda a mi admirada Jhumpa Lahiri.»
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