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Miss New India

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Miss New India


Anjali Bose is “Miss New India.” Born into a traditional lower-middle-class family and living in a backwater town with an arranged marriage on the horizon, Anjali’s prospects don’t look great. But her ambition and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her expat teacher, Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to other powerful people who can help her along the way and to Anjali herself, stirring in her a desire to take charge of her own destiny.
So she sets off to Bangalore, India’s fastest-growing major metropolis, and quickly falls in with an audacious and ambitious crowd of young people, who have learned how to sound American by watching shows like Seinfeld in order to get jobs as service agents at call centers, where they are quickly able to out-earn their parents. And it is in this high-tech city that Anjali—suddenly free from the traditional confines of class, caste, gender, and more—is able to confront her past and reinvent herself. Of course, the seductive pull of modernity does not come without a dark side.




"Mukherjee's pitch-perfect ear for character and mood and her story-telling gifts capture the exhilarating restlessness of a young Indian woman's pursuit of happiness."
–Amy Tan

"A tightly woven narrative about naïvete and personal growth in contemporary India."
Kirkus Reviews

"Each character fascinates, and every detail glints with irony and intent, as Mukherjee brilliantly choreographs...a dazzling plot."
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Winner of a National Book Critic's Circle Award, Bharati Mukherje is the author of seven novels, two story collections, and the coauthor of two books of nonfiction. She is a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

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