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Gold Diggers (Digital Audiobook)

'Magical and entirely original' —Shondaland

By Sanjena Sathian, Rama Vallury (Narrator)

Publication Date: April 28, 2021

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/5/2021)
Hardcover (4/6/2021)
Paperback, Large Print (4/6/2021)
Paperback (4/19/2022)

April 2021 Indie Next List

“Gold as a drug. Gold as a metaphor for the glittering hopes and burdens new immigrants put on their children’s shoulders. Gold as the thread weaving history, memory, and imagination, a meditation on how the past blends into the present. Gold as the object of an improbable heist. There is so much in this book, but it is first and foremost an extraordinarily good yarn, the story of two generations of American-Indian immigrants trying to become Americanized while clinging to a fetishized, culturally commodified India. There is love, drugs, alchemy, and stories about the gold rush, both the forty-niners and the new gold diggers of the tech bubble. It’s fun and fast-paced, except when you stop short for a sentence so evocative you want to dwell on it. A seriously good book by a seriously talented writer.”
— Françoise Brodsky, Shakespeare & Co., New York, NY
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* A Book of the Month pick by CNN, Bustle, PopSugar, Entertainment Weekly and Vox *
* Longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize *

‘Achingly familiar and marvellously inventive… a dizzyingly original, fiercely funny, deeply wise novel’
Celeste Ng
‘Completely original, utterly absorbing, complex and confident’ Karen Joy Fowler
‘Truly funny, insightful, smart and filled with wonderful characters… unmissable’ Ann Napolitano


Neil Narayan’s parents moved to America for a better life, and his perfect older sister is now headed to an elite university. Neil is funny and smart, but he is not living up to his parents’ dream. While he tries to want their version of success, mostly, Neil just wants his neighbour across the street, Anita Dayal.

Once a lot like Neil, Anita is truly thriving academically, athletically and socially. Anita has a secret: she and her mother Anjali have been brewing an ancient alchemical potion from stolen gold that harnesses the ambition of the jewellery's original owner. Anita just needs a little boost to get into Harvard. When Neil – who needs a whole lot more – stumbles onto their secret and joins in the plot, events spiral into a tragedy that rips their community apart.

Ten years later, Neil is an oft-stoned history grad student studying the California gold rush. Anita has given up her high-flying tech career and is working as an event planner, just for now. Anjali, the woman who gave them both so much, is in trouble, and only gold can save her. What choice do Anita and Neil have but to pull off one last heist?

Gold Diggers is a dazzling coming-of-age story that speaks to anyone who ever wondered quite how they belong, and who ever dreamed of being the very best they could be.

'Blends magic, mythology, alchemy and melodrama into a story about anxiety, assimilation and ambition… A delightful concoction’ Guardian

'A smart and inventive coming-of-age tale that blends magical realism with a literary exploration of identity and the American dream’ Culturefly

‘A funny, fresh voice in fiction and an intricately layered story full of believable characters and just a smidge of magical realism’ Red 

‘A brilliant, dazzling coming-of-age story’ Woman’s Own

'A spellbinding read' heat