Shobha Rao with Laurie Frankel
A night we are particularly excited about is Shobha Rao’s return to Elliott Bay to read from her brilliant, beautiful, intense debut novel, Girls Burn Brighter (Flatiron). Here two years ago for her similarly bracing book of stories, An Unrestored Woman, Shobha Rao looks at the lives of young girls coming of age in a time when lives and fates can span from village India to apartment complexes in Seattle - as indeed Girls Burn Brighter does. The way for the young women at the heart of this book is not an easy one, but there is an indomitable spirit at work, in them, and in the fierce writing that is this book.
“Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao blew my heart up. Heart-shards everywhere. I am in awe of the warmth and humanity in this book, even as it explores some incredibly dark places. I’m going to be thinking about Girls Burn Brighter for a while, and you’re going to be hearing a lot about it.” —Charlie Jane Anders.
“A confident debut novel set in India and America about the unbreakable bond between two girls. From the menacing nooks of India's underworld to the streets of Seattle, this searing novel traces the nuances of adulthood and the enduring power of childhood bonds.” —The Chicago Review of Books.
Shobha Rao will be appearing in conversation with Seattle writer Laurie Frankel, whose books include This Is How It Always Is. Co-presented with HEDGEBROOK.