In my mission to share more diverse adult fiction, today I’ve asked Indian-American novelist Anjali Mitter Duva to share the books on her nightstand. Her newest book is Faint Promise of Rain, which is waiting patiently for me on my to-be-read stack. I’m looking forward to it!
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman. I read her previous book, Island’s End, with the middle grade book club that I run, and loved her fresh perspective and uncommon setting (a native tribe in the Andaman Islands off the coast of India). As I, too, write about a dancer, I felt compelled to read her latest book, beautifully written in verse about a young dancer who struggles to regain her passion after losing a leg.
Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway. I always have a craft book near me, and this one is so filled with nuggets of wisdom that I can only read a few pages at a time, then need to let her advice seep into me for a while.
Night by Elie Wiesel. I feel this is one of my lacunae, not to have ever read this. I’m afraid of feeling completely devastated at the end, both by the story he recounts and by his prowess as a writer.
Set in 1554, Faint Promise of Rain is a historical fiction about a daughter Adhira, who is born into a family of Hindu temple. Adhira’s father insists she marry the temple deity and give herself to a wealthy patron, but she defies his wish. The novel releases October 7, 2014 and is currently available for pre-orders.
Anjali Mitter Duva is an Indian-American writer raised in France. She is the author of Faint Promise of Rain (She Writes Press, October 2014) and a co-founder of Chhandika, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Indian classical dance form called kathak. Educated at Brown University and MIT, she lives near Boston with her husband and two daughters, and is at work on her next book. Visit her at at her website and follow her on Twitter.