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Girls Burn Brighter

(2018)
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Girls Burn Brighter is a searing, electrifying debut audiobook set in India and America. Irrepressible author Shobha Rao examines the extraordinary bond between two girls, driven apart by circumstances, but relentless in their search for one another.

Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them. They are poor. They are driven. And they are girls.

When Poornima was just a toddler, she was about to fall into a river. Her mother, beside herself, screamed at her father to grab her. But he hesitated: "I was standing there, and I was thinking.... She's just a girl. Let her go.... That's the thing with girls, isn't it.... You think, Push. That's all it would take. Just one little push."

After her mother's death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to take care of her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond the arranged marriage her father is desperate to secure for her. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend.

Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls' perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces listeners to two heroines who never allow the hope that burns within them to be extinguished.

"The resplendent prose captures the nuances and intensity of two best friends on the brink of an uncertain and precarious adulthood.... An incisive study of a friendship's unbreakable bond." (Kirkus)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao blew my heart up. Heart-shards everywhere. I am in awe of the warmth and humanity in this book, even as it explores some incredibly dark places. I'm going to be thinking about Girls Burn Brighter for a while, and you're going to be hearing a lot about it." - Charlie Jane Anders


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Hardback Editions

May 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Shobha Rao
ISBN: 1-4328-5097-0 / 978-1-4328-5097-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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May 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter
Author(s): Shobha Rao
ISBN: 0-349-00682-2 / 978-0-349-00682-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fleet
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March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel
Author(s): Shobha Rao
ISBN: 1-250-07425-8 / 978-1-250-07425-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Flatiron Books
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Paperback Editions

2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter
Author(s): Shobha Rao
ISBN: 0-349-00684-9 / 978-0-349-00684-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fleet
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March 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel
Author(s): Shobha Rao
ISBN: 1-250-30950-6 / 978-1-250-30950-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Flatiron Books
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter
Author(s): Shobha Rao
ISBN: 0-349-00683-0 / 978-0-349-00683-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fleet
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter
Author(s): Shobha Rao
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter
Author(s): Shobha Rao
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel
Author(s): Shobha Rao
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel
Author(s): Shobha Rao
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel
Author(s): Shobha Rao
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter
Author(s): Shobha Rao
Publisher: Fleet
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March 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel
Author(s): Shobha Rao
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA