Nawaaz Ahmed with V.V. Ganeshananthan

Three generations of an immigrant Indian Muslim family have their story told to beautiful and telling effect in Nawaaz Ahmed’s utterly compelling debut novel, Radiant Fugitives (Counterpoint).

“This dazzling, heartrending debut follows two Indian sisters and their mother as they work to patch up fractures in their family . . .  Ahmed brilliantly maps the tension between the three women with emotional acuity, and as Seema’s pregnancy unfolds, Ahmed slowly builds to a showdown, culminating in a shattering and unforgettable conclusion. This is a gem.” —Publishers Weekly.

Radiant Fugitives indeed glows. This is such a beautiful novel, full of light and luminous sentences. Reading it felt like basking in a generous and lucid intelligence. Ahmed writes his characters and their worlds with honesty and compassion. This is a writer to watch, a voice we need.” —Matthew Salesses.

“Elegantly crafted and luminously written, Nawaaz Ahmed’s first novel is a fearless exploration of the clash between identity, sexuality, and religion.” —Manil Suri.

Joining Nawaaz Ahmed in conversation will be V.V. Ganeshananthan, author of the excellent novel, Love Marriage.

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Radiant Fugitives: A Novel By Nawaaz Ahmed Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640094048
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Published: Counterpoint - August 3rd, 2021

Love Marriage: A Novel By V. V. Ganeshananthan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400066698
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 8th, 2008

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