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Meena Kandasamy

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Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator, and activist who lives in Chennai and London. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch and Ms. Militancy, and the critically acclaimed novel, The Gypsy Goddess. This is her second novel.

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Latest reviews

  • “This novel echoes the author’s own experience of domestic violence, becoming a record of survival and self-preservation.”
    — The New York Times, May 28 2020
  • “Kandasamy is showing us the sleight of hand in slow motion, and grinning from ear to ear as she does so.”
    — Los Angeles Review of Books, May 6 2020
  • “...a sharp, scalding novel that is not soon forgotten.”
    — ForeWord Reviews, May 4 2020
  • Meena Kandasamy in conversation with Kendra Winchester on the Reading Women Podcast
    — Literary Hub, Apr 8 2020
  • “Urgent, searing...This book is Kandasamy’s rebuke to those who think privilege, financial or educational, protects against harm.”
    — The New York Times, Mar 17 2020
  • “Kandasamy’s deep dive into the nature of abuse and its effects is a call-to-action to believe and support all women.”
    — Booklist, Mar 1 2020
  • “So long as society does not listen to women, this novel shows, no woman will truly be safe.”
    — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review), Jan 13 2020
  • “This visceral and sophisticated account is both terrifying and triumphant.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Jan 7 2020


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