by Vikram Chandra


Who was she? Where was she going? Why did she return?

It is 1945, and twenty-year-old Shiv, grieving his identical twin brother, retreats to a small town in Uttar Pradesh. He is preparing to jump onto the train tracks when he is stopped by the sight of a woman.

Shanti’s husband is a fighter pilot missing in Burma. For the past three years she has travelled the country in search of him. In every military hospital she visits she hears a new story, and every time she passes through Leharia she tells one to Shiv. Borrowing a structure from the Mahabharata, through stories within stories Chandra tells a spiralling tale of loss, and of two wounded people becoming something new.

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 80 Pages
Imprint: Faber Fiction
Published: Dec 2019
ISBN: 9780571356867

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