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  • The Far Field, Madhuri Vijay
    Grove Press, 9780802128409, January 15, 2019 (Fiction)

     

    “Rarely does a book of this size and breadth capture a reader in the first few pages, but Madhuri Vijay’s masterful storytelling sweeps you up and never lets you go. The Far Field is everything you want in an epic: love, loss, and relationships that transcend even the most horrific circumstances.”

     

    -Julie Slavinsky, Warwick’s (La Jolla, CA)

     

    “This rich, beautifully detailed story reads like the work of a seasoned novelist. Kalyani, a young woman from Bangalore, travels to Kashmir to try to answer questions about her mother’s untimely death. She becomes embroiled in the political rivalries that boil under the surface in that troubled area. Vijay’s descriptions of the sights, sounds, and smells of southern India and Kashmir are dead-on. The characters are drawn with the detail of a fine portrait artist, with a deft hand highlighting the flaws and goodness of even the most minor players.”

     

    -Grace Harper, Mac’s Backs (Cleveland, OH)

     

    “Few seasoned novelists—let alone a first-time novelist like Madhuri Vijay—are able to construct scene after scene with compelling interior drama, tension, and forward momentum. You never want to stop reading as Vijay skillfully combines a personal journey and a family mystery with a political examination of the Kashmiri-Indian troubles. Shalini, the narrator of this extraordinary work, has a mother who immediately belongs on any shortlist of literature’s great characters. If I read a better novel in 2019, then 2019 will become my favorite year of the 21st century.”

     

    -Brian Lampkin, Scuppernong Books (Greensboro, NC)

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