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The Good Girls

An Ordinary Killing

Sonia Faleiro

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Bloomsbury
04 May 2021
'Narrative reportage at its best. Just extraordinary' Fatima Bhutto 'A page-turner, a feminist text, and an essential read that is deeply empathetic' Deepa Anappara, author of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line A masterly and agenda-setting inquest into how the deaths of two teenage girls shone a light into the darkest corners of a nation Katra Sadatganj. A tiny village in western Uttar Pradesh. A community bounded by tradition and custom; where young women are watched closely, and know what is expected of them.

It was an ordinary night when two girls, Padma and Lalli, went missing. The next day, their bodies were found - hanging in the orchard, their clothes muddied.

In the ensuing months, the investigation into their deaths would implode everything that their small community held to be true, and instigated a national conversation about sex, honour and violence.

The Good Girls returns to the scene of Padma and Lalli's short lives and shocking deaths, daring to ask: what is the human cost of shame?
By:   Sonia Faleiro
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   382g
ISBN:   9781408876732
ISBN 10:   1408876736
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   04 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sonia Faleiro is the author of Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars, which was named a book of the year by the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Economist and Time Outand a novella, The Girl. She is a co-founder of Deca, a cooperative of award-winning writers that created narrative journalism about the world. Her writing and photographs appear in the New York Times, Financial Times, Granta, 1843, Harper's and MIT Technology Review. She lives in London.

Reviews for The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing

Sonia Faleiro 's meticulously researched investigation results in a powerful, unflinching account of misogyny, female shame and the notion of honour * Observer * A haunting piece of narrative reporting that lingers in the mind long after the final page is turned. It is difficult to read but difficult to put down. For understanding the challenges facing young women today it is essential reading * Sunday Times * At once shocking and mundane, quiet and loud, understated and savage * Times Literary Supplement * Faleiro's pithy, cliffhanging chapters fuse true crime with big-picture analysis, blending data with interviews and detail ... A powerful indictment of a society failing its most vulnerable members * Economist * Transfixing; it has the pacing and mood of a whodunit, but no clear reveal * New York Times * A puzzle with a surprise at the end ... A riveting, terrible tale, one all too common, but Faleiro's gorgeous prose makes it bearable * New York Times Book Review * A desperate reflection on the status of women ... Faleiro has taken exceptional pains to recreate the events as they unfolded * Spectator * Traces the tragic mystery surrounding the deaths of two teenagers found hanging in an Indian mango orchard * New York Times, Recommended Reads * A compelling whodunnit ... Faleiro writes sensitively about her subjects' actions and motivations, while the investigation reaches its final devastating revelation * Financial Times * An insightful work of reportage that highlights how gender intersects with class and caste in Indian society. It's a page-turner, a feminist text, and an essential read that is deeply empathetic towards its two main subjects who no longer have a voice -- Deepa Anappara, author of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line A compassionate, timely and necessary book that explores the issues of sex, violence, shame, honour and what it is to be a girl growing up in modern India * Literary Review * Searing ... A riveting - sometimes astonishing - work of forensic journalism that chronicles the girls' lives as well as the circumstances of their death * Wall Street Journal * A major piece of reportage ... Makes for tough but necessary reading * Cosmopolitan Online, 69 books by Black and POC authors out in 2021 * A stunning look at an investigation that was more about caste culture, poverty and the oppression of women than justice * People * Narrative reportage at its best. Just extraordinary -- Fatima Bhutto In this true story of the mysterious death of two girls, Sonia Faleiro confronts us with what it means to be young, poor, powerless and most importantly, female, in much of today's India ... The Good Girls left me shattered -- Abhijit Banerjee, Nobel Prize winner Praise for Sonia Faleiro: 'A tour de force of reportage, whose depth, insight and resonance make it the equal of the best fiction * SUNDAY TIMES * A small masterpiece of observation ... Opens up a hidden world with startling insight and intimacy -- WILLIAM DALRYMPLE Faleiro brings a novelist's eye for detail and a depth of empathy to her work. A magnificent book of reportage that is also endowed with all the terror and beauty of art -- KIRAN DESAI Does what every good piece of reportage ought to: took me to a place I couldn't have gone by myself -- HARI KUNZRU A tour de force of heartrending reportage ... which blends rigorous journalistic research with the narrative skills of a novelist * INDEPENDENT * [An] intimate and valuable book of literary reportage that will break your heart several times over -- DWIGHT GARNER * NEW YORK TIMES * It is useless to describe the pathos and singular power of this book * SPECTATOR * So compelling that it invites from us the question of exactly what might constitute genius in non-fiction * THE NATIONAL * Brilliant ... It's most outstanding quality to my eye is the window it offers on the widespread sexual repression that exists in India today, and the murky middle-class morality that rules it * GUARDIAN * She manages to evoke shock, rage, and laughter ... A moving testament * LITERARY REVIEW *


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