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Moth

(2021)
A novel by

 
 
Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize
Shortlisted for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award
Harper's Bazaar's 'Five Debut Female Authors to Read This Summer'

'Powerful and heartbreaking'
Observer

'Gripping... Razak painstakingly paints a portrait of a family; their rituals, their private languages, their shared lives'
The Times

'Heartbreaking and heart-warming... The character portrayal is so intricate that as the plot twists and turns, you'll truly care what happens to them'

Independent


'Assured and powerful'
Harper's Bazaar

'One of the best debuts I've ever read. It made my heart swell'
Sarah Winman, author of Still Life

'A stunning, powerful work by a brave new voice in British fiction'
Anna Hope, author of Expectation

'Powerful and moving... Every character springs from the page'
Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures

Delhi, 1946

Ma
and Bappu teach at the local university. Their fourteen year-old daughter Alma is soon to be married but she is mostly interested in spinning wild stories for her beloved younger sister Roop.

Times are bad for girls in India. The long-awaited independence from British rule brings unrest that threatens to unravel the rich tapestry of Delhi, and when Partition happens, Ma, Bappu, Alma and Roop are forced to find increasingly desperate ways to survive.

But the the power of hope is an extraordinary thing...

MEET THE FAMILY AT THE HEART OF MOTH:

Alma: the beating heart of the novel. We meet her as a precocious 14-year old who becomes entangled with the chaos of Partition with devastating consequences

Roop: Alma's younger sister. Obsessed with death, she is a fierce, funny and rather wild child trying to make sense of the destruction that has befallen her family

Ma and Bappu: their dream of an independent India collapses under the weight of History. Ma's experience mirrors that of the many Indian women who were hoping for new freedom under an independent India - and had to face more harassment and insecurity instead

And many more: the Muslim nanny, forced to hide in a water tank; the widowed house-keeper whose mission is to keep the family together; the old grandmother, obsessed with the family's honour and determined to preserve it no matter the cost...



Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Moth is a powerful and moving story of a liberal, Brahmin family caught up in the violence and social unrest of post-partition India. It is written with absolute fidelity to the small rituals of daily life, the allegiances and jealousies within families, and the huge and overwhelming forces of history. Every character springs from the page, involving the reader completely in their triumphs and sufferings - the writer's skill and sympathy are immense. I loved it." - Clare Chambers

"I was utterly transported by Moth. In exquisite prose, Melody Razak takes us right to the heart and the heat of Partition-era Delhi - a fracturing city, a fracturing nation and a family attempting to hold themselves together when everything threatens to tear them apart. Moth is a rare, winged delight - able to stare unflinchingly into the darkness, while always illuminated by a fierce love for life. A stunning, powerful work by a brave new voice in British fiction." - Anna Hope

"From the first beautiful and terrifying pages I couldn't put Moth down. The assurance of tone, the loving faithfulness to the complexity of family dynamics and female experience , the celebration of humanity and resilience amid the horrors of Partition all make for one of the most immersive reading experiences I can remember. I loved this book." - Sally Magnusson

"I adored Moth. It's rare for a writer to appear fully-formed, but that's how I see Melody Razak: this is a remarkable novel and one of the best debuts I've ever read. It made my heart swell." - Sarah Winman


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Hardback Editions

August 2022 : USA Hardback
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Title: Moth: A Novel
Author(s): Melody Razak
ISBN: 0-06-314006-3 / 978-0-06-314006-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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June 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: Moth: One of the Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021
Author(s): Melody Razak
ISBN: 1-4746-1923-1 / 978-1-4746-1923-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Paperback Editions

May 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: Moth: One of the Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021
Author(s): Melody Razak
ISBN: 1-4746-1925-8 / 978-1-4746-1925-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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June 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Moth: One of the Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021
Author(s): Melody Razak
ISBN: 1-4746-1924-X / 978-1-4746-1924-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Audio Editions

August 2022 : Audio CD
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Title: Moth: A Novel
Author(s): Melody Razak
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August 2022 : Audio CD
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Title: Moth: A Novel
Author(s): Melody Razak
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2022 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Moth: A Novel
Author(s): Melody Razak
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August 2022 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Moth: A Novel
Author(s): Melody Razak
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Moth
Author(s): Melody Razak
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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June 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Moth
Author(s): Melody Razak
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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June 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Moth
Author(s): Melody Razak
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2022 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Moth: A Novel
Author(s): Melody Razak
Publisher: Harper
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June 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Moth: One of the Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021
Author(s): Melody Razak
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU