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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.

(Pen­guin-Zubaan)

KR MEERA

PAR­VATI SHARMA

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