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Inheritance NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998







IMG_1684As Sweet As Honey cover

I was born in 1960 in Srirangam, India, and grew up in St. Louis, MO and Rockland County, NY. After a year studying Fine Arts at  Stella Maris College in Madras, now Chennai,  I graduated from Vassar College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I had two years at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown as a Fellow, and stayed another year to finish my first novel.

I wrote three novels published by Alfred A. Knopf:  As Sweet As Honey (2013)    Inheritance (1998); and  The Journey (1990).

English-language editions are available from HarperCollinsIndia, Secker & Warburg UK, & Vintage UK. Translations appear in French, German, Greek, and Japanese.

The Journey was selected as one of 52 Finalists in Granta’s 1995 Best Young American Novelists under Forty campaign.  Inheritance was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Book.

As Sweet As Honey and Inheritance are available in trade paperbacks from Vintage Books and as e-books from Random House.  The Journey is also available as an e-book from Random House, and in trade paper from Beacon Press.

I teach fiction writing and literature at Emerson College.  Previously, I taught at Naropa University; University of Colorado-Boulder; New College of California; Lesley University; Long Island University-Southampton; University of California-Santa Cruz; University of California-San Diego; University of Missouri-Columbia and Vassar College.

I am grateful for fellowships from The North County Paden Institute for Writers of Color;  The Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College;  The W.K. Rose Fellowship at Vassar College; The MacDowell Colony; and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Women are in transition all their lives, or at least I find that I am.  I have returned temporarily to Cape Cod, where the landscape of the sand and sea still captures my breath.  I am working on a new novel, Coriander, which features characters from my previous one.  My blog records field notes from the Cape, with writing, books, and coffee.  Enjoy!



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