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A People's History of Heaven

Mathangi Subramanian



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03 December 2019
LONGLISTED FOR A PEN/FAULKNER AWARD, 2020 A dazzling tribute to the resilience and determination of a remarkable community of women In the sprawling Bangalore slum of Heaven, five girls - Muslim, Christian and Hindu; gay and straight - form an unbreakable bond. These are girls who refuse to be silenced, no matter how much their city would like to forget they exist. But now Heaven is threatened by government bulldozers, and the friends must come together to protect the close-knit, vibrant community they call home.

Sparkling with passion and courage and laced with humour, this is the story of five unforgettable young women and their fierce determination, not only to survive, but to triumph.
By:   Mathangi Subramanian
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 146mm,  Spine: 27mm
ISBN:   9781786076762
ISBN 10:   1786076764
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   03 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for A People's History of Heaven

`Subramanian's evocative novel weaves together a diverse, dynamic group of girls to create a vibrant tapestry of a community on the brink.' * <i>Publishers Weekly</i> * `Everything about A People's History of Heaven is wonderful: the lyrical, light touch of the narrator, the story, the humor, and most of all, the girls.' * Minal Hajratwala, award-winning author of <i>Leaving India</i> * `A girl power-fueled story that examines some dark social issues with a light . . . touch.' * <i>Kirkus Reviews</i> * `How can a novel about a group of daughters and mothers on the verge of losing their homes in a Bangalore slum be one of the most joyful and exuberant books I've read? Subramanian writes without a shred of didacticism or pity, skillfully upending expectations and fiercely illuminating her characters' strength, intelligence, and passionate empathy. A People's History of Heaven should be a case study in how to write political fiction. Each page delighted and amazed me.' * Heather Abel, author of <i>The Optimistic Decade</i> * `Poetic... Subramanian's rich imagery conjures up the bustle of a diverse city where children live in poverty mere blocks from three-story homes where their mothers work as maids... As colourful as a Rangoli design, this bittersweet coming-of-age story will linger in the reader's mind.' * <i>Shelf Awareness</i> * `What a thrill to read a novel as daring and urgent as A People's History of Heaven. It's a story about defiance in the face of erasure, about the survival tactics of an unforgettable group of girls. I can't remember the last time I encountered a voice of such moral ferocity and compassion.' * Tania James, author of <i>The Tusk That Did the Damage</i> * `The power of these fierce young women shines in spite of their circumstances, and they prove just how beautiful and influential a strong, unconditionally accepting community is. Subramanian is a remarkable writer whose vibrant words carry a lot of heart. This inspiring novel is sure to draw in readers with its lyrical prose and endearing characters.' * <i>Booklist</i> *

  • Long-listed for PEN/Faulkner Award 2020

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