Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Posted by Dina N
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2011 MAN ASIAN LITERARY PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE HINDU LITERARY PRIZE FOR BEST FICTION 2011
WITH HER DEBUT NOVEL, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, Anuradha Roy’s exquisite storytelling instantly won readers’ hearts around the world, and the novel was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and The Seattle Times.
Now, Roy has returned with another masterpiece that is already earning international prize attention, an evocative and deeply moving tale of a young woman making a new life for herself amid the foothills of the Himalaya. Desperate to leave a private tragedy behind, Maya abandons herself to the rhythms of the little village, where people coexist peacefully with nature. But all is not as it seems, and she soon learns that no refuge is remote enough to keep out the modern world. When power-hungry politicians threaten her beloved mountain community, Maya finds herself caught between the life she left behind and the new home she is determined to protect.
Elegiac, witty, and profound by turns, and with a tender love story at its core, The Folded Earth brims with the same genius and love of language that made An Atlas of Impossible Longing an international success and confirms Anuradha Roy as a major new literary talent.
I was enchanted by Anuradha Roy's first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing. Her second book is just as mesmerizing. The Folded Earth tells the story of Maya, a young widow who tries to go back to living after the death of her husband. She moves to a small village in the foothills of the Himalaya, the mountain that has taken away the love of her life. Life there follows a different rhythm than life in the big cities. Yet, Maya discovers that under the placid waters of daily events, there's friendship and passion but also political turmoil, religious conflict, bureaucratic idiocy, violence, duplicity and betrayal. Nature is a big part of the story, in all its majestic beauty, power, and cruelty.
Anuradha Roy's gracefully flowing prose sounds almost like poetry. She paints a vivid picture of life in the little village, shaken by larger events in modern India. The story has a surprising twist at the end, one that will make you see Maya's tale a little differently. I thoroughly enjoyed The Folded Earth and can't wait to read Ms. Roy's next book.
The Folded Earth is new today from Free Press.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.