Miss New India

By Bharati Mukherjee
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780618646531, 336pp.)

Publication Date: May 1, 2011

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Anjali Bose's prospects don t look great. Born into a traditional lower-middle class family, she lives in a backwater town with only an arranged marriage on the horizon. But her ambition, charm, and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her charismatic and influential expat teacher Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to 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 metropolis, and soon 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 in call centers, where they quickly out earn their parents. And it is in this high tech city where Anjali suddenly free of the confines of class, caste, and gender is able to confront her past and reinvent herself. Of course, the seductive pull of life in the New India does not come without a dark side . . .



About the Author

Winner of a National Book Critic’s Circle Award, BHARATI MUKHERJEE is the author of eight novels, two story collections, and the coauthor of two books of nonfiction. She is a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.




NPR
Thursday, Jun 16, 2011

If a fancy vacation won't fit into the summer budget this year, a good book can take you on a journey instead. Salon.com book critic Laura Miller shares her top picks for books that can take you to new places and cultures. And Bharati Mukherjee takes us on a trip to South Asia with Miss New India. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Friday, May 27, 2011

Novelist Bharati Mukherjee offers a view of modern India in her new novel Miss New India. More at NPR.org

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Praise For Miss New India

"Enchanting! 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. Miss New India illuminates as brilliantly as it entertains."
--Amy Tan

"A tightly woven narrative about naïvete and personal growth in contemporary India...Mukherjee explores Anjali's issues with understanding and sympathy."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Each character fascinates, and every detail glints with irony and intent, as Mukherjee brilliantly choreographs her compelling protagonist's struggles against betrayal, violence, and corruption in a dazzling plot."
--Booklist  (starred)

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