Author(s): Doshi, Avni,
Date of Publication: 30/07/2020,
Pagination: 240 pages,
Imprint: Hamish Hamilton Ltd,
Published By: Penguin Books Ltd,
Book Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
The hottest debut of 2020, an unmissable, Booker-shortlisted novel which everyone's talking about: a searing, compulsively readable tale of mothers and daughters, love and betrayal.
In her youth, Tara was wild.
She abandoned her arranged marriage to join an ashram, took a hapless artist for a lover, rebelled against every social expectation of a good Indian woman - all with her young child in tow.
Years on, she is an old woman with a fading memory, mixing up her maid's wages and leaving the gas on all night, and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a mother who never seemed to care for her.
This is a poisoned love story. But not between lovers - between mother and daughter.
Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar gradually untangles the knot of memory and myth that bind two women together, revealing the truth that lies beneath.