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A Burning



by
Megha Majumdar

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Knopf (Adult)
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780525658696

Awards and Honors
2020 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction
2020 Editor's Choice Adult Books - Booklist
2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal Finalist
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: Hate Crimes , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: Strong Violence
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Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party, and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan’s fall. Lovely—an irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humor—has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear.

Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening lines, A Burning has the force of an epic while being so masterfully compressed it can be read in a single sitting. Majumdar writes with dazzling assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes that read here as the components of a thriller: class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism. An extraordinary debut.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: Hate Crimes , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: Strong Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8 3/5" x 5 3/10"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2020

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

India. Terrorism. Religious discrimination. Nationalism. Class divisions. Suspense. Political thrillers.


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