All the Fishes Come Home to Roost

All the Fishes Come Home to Roost

An American Misfit in India

By Rachel Manija Brown

Rodale Books, Paperback, 9781594865268, 339pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2006


When she was seven, Rachel Manija Brown's parents, post-60s hippies, uprooted her from her native California and moved to an ashram in a cobra-ridden, drought-stricken spot in India. Cavorting through these pages are some wonderfully eccentric characters: the ashram head, Meher Baba, best known as the guru to Pete Townshend of The Who; the librarian, who grunts and howls nightly outside Rachel's window; a holy madman, who shuffles about collecting invisible objects; a middle-aged male virgin, who begs Rachel to critique his epic spiritual poems; and a delusional Russian who arrives at the ashram proclaiming he is Meher Baba reincarnated.

Astutely observed and laugh-out-loud funny, "All the Fishes Come Home to Roost" is an astonishing debut memoir now available in paperback and the arrival of a major new literary talent. The hardcover edition was named a Book Sense Pick and was selected as a Book of the Week by's Book Club.

About the Author
Rachel Manija Brown is the author of the memoir "All the Fishes Come Home to Roost: An American Misfit in India". She lives in Southern California.

Praise For All the Fishes Come Home to Roost

"Reads like a novel and lingers in the mind." --Kirkus review

"Like David Sedaris . . . Brown allows the reader to laugh and wince at the same time."--Library Journal review "One of the fall's most promising memoirs"  --USA Today

"Horrific childhood: check. Searing, indelible prose: check. Comparisons to Augusten Burroughs' Running with Scissors: check (and they're richly deserved). Grade: A"   --Entertainment Weekly