What: Watermark Books & Café invites you to attend a virtual event with New York Times bestselling author Megha Majumdar! Megha will be joining us for a virtual discussion of her debut novel, A Burning, now in paperback! Reading like a thriller, “A Burning” is a short book destined to inspire visceral discussion in book clubs, across aisles, and with friends on the risks you would take to save a friend falsely accused and sentenced to death. Megha will be joined in conversation with Ranjit Arab, a Wichita-based writer, editor, and content creator. He currently serves as Creative Communications Manager at the Ulrich Museum of Art on the Wichita State University campus.
When: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Where: This is a virtual event and will be hosted online using Zoom Pro Webinar & Facebook Live.
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About the Book
A National Book Award Longlist honoree and “gripping thriller with compassionate social commentary” (USA Today)
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 is 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.
About the Author
Megha Majumdar was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She moved to the United States to attend college at Harvard University, followed by graduate school in social anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She works as an editor at Catapult and lives in New York City. A Burning is her first book.