The year is young but it feels safe to say that one of 2019’s major debuts will be one of its earliest, that of Madhuri Vijay with her bracing, compelling first novel, The Far Field (Grove). The central character in this book, a determined young woman, sets out from her home in Bangalore for Kashmir, a lingering family secret prodding her to go and find out about. She comes to knowledge and realities far deeper than she bargained for.
“The Far Field is remarkable, a novel at once politically timely and morally timeless. Madhuri Vijay traces the fault lines of history, love, and obligation running through a fractured family and country. Few novels generate enough power to transform their characters, fewer still their readers. The Far Field does both.”—Anthony Marra.
“Vijay intertwines her story’s threads with dazzling skill. Dense, layered, impossible to pin—or put—down, her first novel is an engrossing tale of love and grief, politics and morality. Combining up-close character studies with finely plotted drama, this is a triumphant, transporting debut.”—Booklist.
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