Preti Taneja

presents

We That Are Young:
A Novel

This event includes a book signing

Date

Sep
12
Wednesday
September 12, 2018
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome award-winning writer PRETI TANEJA for a discussion of her debut novel, We That Are Young.

About We That Are Young

Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Devraj family returns to his New Delhi childhood home at the age of twenty-three after fifteen years in the United States. His arrival coincides with the unexpected resignation of the founder and aging patriarch of the Company—its simple name belying its vast holdings across industry and entertainment, and the family's national renown. On the same day, Sita, Devraj's youngest daughter, disappears—refusing to marry the man her father wants for her. Now, Radha and Gargi, Sita's older sisters, are given the Company—and a brutal struggle for power begins.

Set against the backdrop of the anti-corruption protests that spread across India in 2011 and 2012, We That Are Young is brilliant in its fierce, incandescent storytelling and the energy of its prose. It tells a deeply insightful tale of India today, the pace of life in one of the world's fastest-growing economies, the clash of youth and age, and the ever-present specter of death. But more than that, it is a novel about the human heart—and its inevitable breaking point.

Praise

"We That Are Young is a powerful, engrossing chronicle of family and politics in contemporary India, perfectly constructed, magnificently written by a novelist with a silver ear and a golden voice." —Jim Crace, Chair of judges, the Rathbones Folio Prize 2018

"A truly magnificent novel: epic in scope and fizzing with originality. Taneja's is a powerful and arresting voice. We That Are Young tells a piercing tale of modern India—and of modern womanhood—that is brutally honest. It lingers in the mind long after the last page." —Jodie Ginsberg, Index on Censorship

"In a brilliant, sharp adaptation, Preti Taneja shows her profound understanding not just of Shakespeare and India, but of human nature itself. Heartbreaking. A poetic tour de force." —Vishal Bhardwaj

“India’s exorbitance almost overwhelmingly spills out of Taneja’s prodigious sprawling debut novel that unrolls a contemporary reworking of King Lear. The ruinous after-effects of a despotic business tycoon’s resignation shudder through her 550-page narrative packed with vivid scenes and powered with prose of terrific vitality.” —Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times

Preti Taneja
Preti Taneja

Preti Taneja

Preti Taneja was born in England to Indian parents and spent most of her childhood holidays in New Delhi. She has worked as a human rights reporter and filmmaker in Iraq, Jordan, Rwanda, and Kosovo, and her work has been published in The Guardian and openDemocracy. A fellow at Warwick University, Preti's 2014 novella, Kumkum Malhotra, won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize. She is also the editor of Visual Verse and was selected as an AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker for 2014.

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Event Series: New Voices in Fiction

Harvard Book Store's New Voices in Fiction series, presented with GrubStreet, highlights debut novelists discussing their work and the writing process.

GrubStreet is one of the nation's leading creative writing centers, offering 500+ classes a year in all genres, for writers of all levels. We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant. To learn more or find a class, visit grubstreet.org.

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