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Book Reading and Meet and Greet: Mathangi Subramanian

  • Book Inc. 317 Castro St. Mountain View, CA 94041 USA (map)

Come join us at Book Inc. Our fellow Alumna Mathangi Subramanian '02 is the author & guest speaker!

Award-winning Indian American writer Mathangi Subramanian reads her critically-acclaimed debut novel, People's History of Heaven, one of LitHub's most anticipated books of 2019.“The language [takes] on a musicality that is in sharp contrast to the bleak setting...refreshing...a strong debut." - The New York Times Book Review.

In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian, and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever. 

Elegant, poetic, and vibrant, A People's History of Heaven takes a clear-eyed look at adversity and geography--and dazzles in its depiction of these women's fierceness and determination not just to survive, but to triumph.

Partnered by Miki Yoshida, '02, Board Member

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