THE READING LIST
Translated from Malayalam, KR Meera’s recently released novel Hangwoman was among 2014’s most anticipated titles. In it, the protagonist
Chetna belongs to a Bengali family of hangmen and is suddenly entrusted to carry forward her family
legacy. (Penguin) Mira Jacob’s debut novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide
to Dancing, draws on familiar tropes of diasporic experience to narrate the bitter-sweet story of an immigrant Indian family. But her nuanced humour in narrating what could easily have been a tragic tale is what sets the book apart.
(Bloomsbury) After an anthology of short stories, Parvati Sharma artfully poses questions of gender and sexuality in her first novel.
Close to Home is the graceful account of a brief relationship between two women and the ripples it leaves on their lives.