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A Burning

(2020)
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For readers of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, and Jhumpa Lahiri, an electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise--to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies--and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.


Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party, and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely--an irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humor--has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear.

Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening lines, A Burning has the force of an epic while being so masterfully compressed it can be read in a single sitting. Majumdar writes with dazzling assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes that read here as the components of a thriller: class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism. An extraordinary debut.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Megha Majumdar's soon-to-be published A Burning is the best debut novel I have come across in a long time. Somehow Majumdar succeeds in capturing the boundless energy and starry-eyed hopefulness of the country's youth. A Burning signals the arrival of a new voice of immense talent and promise." - Amitav Ghosh

"A BURNING is an excellently crafted, utterly thrilling novel full of characters that I won't soon forget. Megha Majumdar writes about the ripple effects of our choices, the interconnectedness of our humanity, with striking beauty and clarity. A stunning debut." - Yaa Gyasi

"A Burning by Megha Majumdar is quietly beautiful and devastating. Its tone and pacing are measured perfectly. It is as funny as it is sad. This book won't let you go, and you won't want it to end." - Tommy Orange


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January 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Burning
Author(s): Megha Majumdar
ISBN: 1-4711-9026-9 / 978-1-4711-9026-1 (UK edition)
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June 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Burning: A novel
Author(s): Megha Majumdar
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June 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Burning
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ISBN: 1-4711-9027-7 / 978-1-4711-9027-8 (UK edition)
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June 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Burning: A novel
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Title: A Burning
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ISBN: 1-5247-1178-0 / 978-1-5247-1178-8 (USA edition)
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Title: A Burning: A Novel
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Title: A Burning
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June 2020 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Burning
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Title: A Burning: A novel
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