Burnt Sugar (Paperback)
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Burnt Sugar (Paperback)

Burnt Sugar (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 30/07/2020
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Devastatingly acute and acerbically funny, Doshi’s forensic account of a toxic mother-daughter relationship skewers themes of betrayal, regret and memory in incisive prose. 

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her loveless marriage to join an ashram, endured a brief stint as a beggar (mostly to spite her affluent parents), and spent years chasing after a dishevelled, homeless 'artist' - all with her young child in tow. Now she is forgetting things, mixing up her maid's wages and leaving the gas on all night, and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her.

This is a love story and a story about betrayal. But not between lovers - between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar unpicks the slippery cords of memory and myth that bind two women together, and hold them apart.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241441510
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A masterclass. Crisp, engaging, perfectly tragic in the way that families often tend to be... Doshi writes sharply, in no-nonsense prose, not a single sentence in the book can be omitted... Avni Doshi is a force to watch out for in the literary world' - Scroll

'Avni Doshi quietly, cleanly, slices through the heart... Impeccably insightful, carved from love, rage, and grief, here all embellishment is discarded, all artifice shorn - motherhood, family, memory, language - to reveal something devastating about our relationships, with ourselves and with those closest to us' - Janice Pariat, author of The Nine-Chambered Heart

'Daring and deliciously dark, Burnt Sugar will keep you gripped until the very last sentence. A brilliant debut, about mothers and daughters, that manages be acerbic and brittle all at the same time. Raw, wise and cuttingly funny on love and cruelty, marriage and motherhood, art and illness, and one woman's fight for her sense of self. A courageous novel written in spare, gleaming sentences. It made me hold my breath and gather it up again' - Tishani Doshi, author of Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

'Beautifully grotesque, vivid, unexpected. Doshi knows her characters so intimately I felt I could reach out and touch the skin they're in' - Diksha Basu, author of The Windfall

'Acerbic, full of wit and cool intelligence - every sentence is a coiled spring and each psychological portrait burns itself into the mind. I couldn't put it down. Crystalline, surgical, compulsively readable. An examination of toxic relationships and the ties that bind us. A disturbing tale of memory and forgetfulness, questioning the relevance and the authenticity of both' - Indian Express

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“Gripping and beautifully written exploration of a mother-daughter relationship”

Burnt Sugar, Avni Doshi’s portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship is gripping, taut, and beautifully written.
Exploring betrayal, love, and duplicity, the mother-daughter relationship grapples with identity, what... More

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“An intense and multi-layered exploration of mother-daughter relationships, art, memory and obsession”

I read this book (which was originally published in India as “Girl in White Cotton” due to its longlisting for the 2020 Booker Prize: an intriguing longlist noticeable for featuring 9 US based authors, 9 female... More

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“Heartbreakingly honest”

Few books capture with such honesty the tiring process of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, the impact it goes on to have with not just the patient but the career. Thrown in with a difficult mother daughter... More

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