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  • The Immortal King Rao, Vauhini Vara
    Norton, 9780393541755, May 3, 2022 (Fiction)

    “Mind-blowing, epic, and full of love, this speculative and historical fiction novel (what a combination!) is for fans of Battlestar Galactica and The MaddAddam Trilogy. The world Vara has built here unfolds slowly but coalesces in a complete and believable alternative reality where technology and capitalism stand in for humanity and democracy. I love the background of King Rao and his family coconut farm in India, and how the history of his ancestors blends with the dystopian science fiction of his, and his family’s, future. This is a phenomenal debut that will pull you in and make you think. I loved it!”

    —Samantha Kolber, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT

    “From its beginning in a coconut grove in 1950s India, to its conclusion on the fringes of a globalized corporate government, Vauhini Vara’s debut has one hand on the current moment and one on the future that is already knocking at our door. It is a sweeping family saga that probes the depths of the American Dream and the immigrant experience, all the while asking questions about the ethics of technology, the values of consumption, and what it truly means to be human.”

    —Rebecca Speas, One More Page Books, Arlington, VA

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