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Anita Desai

India (b.1937)
Mother of Kiran Desai

Born and educated in India, Anita Desai is the author of many novels and short stories, and has three times been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and though she lives in New York State, each year she spends time in India and Cambridge UK. In Custody was filmed by Merchant Ivory.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1980) : Clear Light of Day
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1984) : In Custody
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1999) : Fasting, Feasting
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2005) : The Zigzag Way
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2012) : The Artist of Disappearance

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