A Burning - Megha Majumdar

A Burning

Megha Majumdar

Penguin Random House India

The novel holds up a mirror to the India of today with a unique voice of the marginalized

Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party, and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely--an irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humor--has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear. In her debut novel, Megha Majumdar writes of a country spinning towards extremism, whose people face profound obstacles whilst nurturing big dreams of overcoming them.

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Megha Majumdar

Megha Majumdar was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She moved to the United States to attend college at Harvard University, where she was a Traub scholar, followed by graduate school at John Hopkins University, where she studied social anthropology. She works as an associate editor at Catapult and lives in New York City. A Burning is her first book.