Circa

For fans of The Burning Girl by Claire Messud and Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi, a stunning, gut-punch of a novel that follows a young Indian American woman who, in the wake of tragedy, must navigate her family's expectations as she grapples with a complicated love and loss.

On the cusp of her eighteenth birthday, Heera and her best friends, siblings Marie and Marco, tease the fun out of life in Raleigh, North Carolina, with acts of rebellion and delinquency. They paint the town’s water towers with red anarchy symbols and hang out at the local bus station to pickpocket money for their Great Escape to New York. But no matter how much Heera defies her strict upbringing, she’s always avoided any real danger—until one devastating night changes everything.

In its wake, Marco reinvents himself as Crash and spends his days womanizing and burning through a string of jobs. Meanwhile, Heera’s dream to go to college in New York is suddenly upended. Over the years, Heera’s and Crash’s paths cross and recross on a journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, and betrayals.

Heart-wrenching, darkly funny, and buoyed by gorgeous prose, Circa is at once an irresistible love story and a portrait of a young woman torn between duty and her own survival, between obligation and freedom.

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358652922

  • ISBN-10: 0358652928

  • Pages: 192

  • Price: $24.00

  • Publication Date: 05/03/2022

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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Devi S. Laskar

DEVI S. LASKAR is the author of The Atlas of Reds and Blues, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award and the Crook's Corner Book Prize, and was named a finalist for the Northern California Book Awards. She is an alumna of the OpEd Project and VONA and holds an MFA from Columbia University. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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    "A subtle exploration of fate and free will. Keen as a seismologist, Devi Laskar traces the reverberations of a violent accident in the life of a young American-Bengali woman from her teen years straddling cultures in suburban North Carolina through her marriage in New York City. Lyrical and defiant, a beautiful and surprising work." 

    —Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral 

     

Available Resources

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358652922

  • ISBN-10: 0358652928

  • Pages: 192

  • Price: $24.00

  • Publication Date: 05/03/2022

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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