Join the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith for an in-store event with author Shubha Sunder to discuss and celebrate the release of her new short story collection Boomtown Girl. She will be in conversation with writer Grace Talusan.
Set entirely in the Bangalore region of South India, Boomtown Girl explores the ambitions, delusions, and struggles of people navigating a rapidly developing city. A rebellious teenager and her workaholic father confront their mutual distrust while dining at a newly opened Pizza Hut; a tailor nostalgic for his past glory in the employ of an Englishman grows obsessed with an American customer; a techie, his fiancée having broken off their engagement, takes a young, eager intern into his confidence. These stories trace Bangalore’s warp-speed transformation from a leafy backwater into India’s Silicon Valley—a place where Digital Age values clash with tradition, where British colonialism casts its strong shadow, and where visions are inspired and distorted by the forces of globalization.
Shubha Sunder’s debut short story collection, Boomtown Girl, won the 2021 St. Lawrence Book Award and was a finalist for the Hudson Prize, the Flannery O’Connor Award, and the New American Fiction Prize. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Mayor’s Office of Art & Culture, and the Corporation of Yaddo. She grew up in Bangalore, India, and now lives in Boston, where she teaches creative writing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and at GrubStreet.
Grace Talusan is the author of The Body Papers, which won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing and the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction. Her writing has been supported by the NEA, the Fulbright, US Artists, the Brother Thomas Fund, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University.
The Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith
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