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A sampling of books by South Asian and NRI (Non-Resident Indian) authors published in the last several years, from chick lit and romance to historical and literary fiction.

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  Cover Art: India : a Traveler's Literary Companion India : a Traveler's Literary Companion
India: A Traveler's Literary Companion features more than a dozen short stories from some of India's best contemporary writers, collectively offering an insightful portrait of the beauty and complexity of Indian landscape, culture, and society.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Last Man in Tower : a Novel Adiga, Aravind.
Last Man in Tower : a Novel
Refusing to leave his home when a powerful real-estate developer offers to buy out the residents of a crumbling apartment complex near the infamous Dharavi slums, a retired schoolteacher becomes a target of violence by the developer and his own neighbors. By the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The White Tiger.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Almost Single Advaita Kala.
Almost Single
A series of misadventures outlines the trials and tribulations of being a single woman on the wrong side of twenty-five in India, as Aisha deals with her mother's presentation of candidates for an arranged marriage, falls in love with a New York investment banker, and is torn between tradition and her yearning to be a modern woman.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Leela's Book : a Novel Albinia, Alice.
Leela's Book : a Novel
Leela's Book weaves a tale of contemporary Delhi that crosses religious and social boundaries. Leela--alluring, taciturn, haunted--is moving from New York back to Delhi, where her return will unsettle precariously balanced lives.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Bijou Roy Dhar, Ronica
Bijou Roy
Traveling to India to scatter her late father's ashes, a grieving Bijou abandons her life in Washington, D.C., to pursue the truth about why her parents severed their ties to their native culture, an effort during which she is drawn to the son of her father's closest comrade.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Secret Daughter Gowda, Shilpi Somaya
Secret Daughter
Interweaves the stories of a baby girl in India, the American doctor who adopted her, and the Indian mother who gave her up in favor of a son, as two families -- one in India, the other in the United States -- are changed by the child that connects them.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Lovesong for India Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer.
A Lovesong for India
The author of Heat and Dust presents a collection of short stories that span India, England and New York and include tales of an elderly couple who rent out their home in Delhi and an overworked Manhattan talent scout.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Tiger Hills Mandanna, Sarita
Tiger Hills
In turn-of-the-twentieth-century southern India, Devi Nachimada falls in love with Machu, a daring tiger hunter, and in the process endangers her friendship with a motherless boy, Devanna, thus setting the stage for a devastating tragedy.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Miss New India Mukherjee, Bharati.
Miss New India
Taken under the wing of an expat teacher for her ambition and talent, Anjali Bose hopes to escape unfavorable prospects and falls in with a crowd of young people in Bangalore, where she endeavors to confront her past and reinvent herself.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Girl in the Garden Nair, Kamala
The Girl in the Garden
When Rakhee Singh is ten years old, her mother takes her from their Minnesota home to visit relatives in India. There she discovers a family secret that will haunt her. Only as a woman on the verge of marriage does Rakhee find the strength to confront the events of that summer and face the price of secrets.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: An Atlas of Impossible Longing Roy, Anuradha
An Atlas of Impossible Longing
Roy's impressive American debut covers multiple generations of an Indian family from the turn of the 20th century to India's partition.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay Shanghvi, Siddharth Dhanvant.
The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay
While in Bombay to photograph the city, Karan Seth meets eccentric pianist Samar, Bollywood queen Zaira, and the beautiful married Rhea and the foursome find themselves unexpectedly entangled in a world of crime, sex, and collusion.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Animal's People Sinha, Indra.
Animal's People
Ever since That Night, the residents of Khaufpur have lived a perilous existence. Their world is poisoned. Nobody has received compensation or help for the chemical leak, least of all Animal, as he is known, whose spine twisted at a young age, leaving him to walk on all fours.
2008
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Noon Taseer, Aatish.
Noon
Experiencing a privileged upbringing in Delhi, Rehan, the son of a lawyer mother and industrialist stepfather, struggles with the absence of his Pakistani Muslim father against a backdrop of the city's economic boom and bust and a formidable Pakistan earthquake.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Weight of Heaven : a Novel Umrigar, Thrity N.
The Weight of Heaven : a Novel
When Frank and Ellie Benton lose their only child, seven-year-old Benny, to a sudden illness, the perfect life they had built is shattered. But an unexpected job half a world away offers them an opportunity to start again.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The World We Found : a Novel Umrigar, Thrity N.
The World We Found : a Novel
American divorceĀ“e Armaiti has six months to live and her last wish is to see her three best friends again--Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta, all in Bombay. But Nishta's husband, Iqbal, a fellow university idealist turned fundamentalist, will be the biggest obstacle to fulfilling Armaiti's final desire.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Climbing the Stairs Venkatraman, Padma.
Climbing the Stairs
Fifteen-year-old Vidya dreams of going to college, an unusual aspiration for a girl living in Britishoccupied India during World War II. Then tragedy strikes, and Vidya and her brother are forced to move into a traditional household with their extended family, where women are meant to be married, not educated.
2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Toss of a Lemon Viswanathan, Padma, 1968-
The Toss of a Lemon
Spanning the lifetime of one woman (1896-1962), The Toss of a Lemon brings readers intimately into a Brahmin household, into an India in the midst of social and political upheaval. Married at ten, widowed at eighteen, left with two children, Sivakami must wear widow's whites, shave her head, and touch no one from dawn to dusk. She is not allowed to remarry, and in the next sixty years she ventures outside her family compound only three times. She is extremely orthodox in her behavior except for one defiant act: She moves back to her dead husband's house and village to raise her children. That decision sets the course of her children's and grandchildren's lives, twisting their fates in surprising, sometimes heartbreaking ways.
2008
Adult Fiction Book
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