Moth

Melody Razak

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Ma and Bappu are liberal intellectuals teaching at Delhi University. Their fourteen year-old daughter, precocious, headstrong Alma, is soon to be married to a fair-haired boy who is training to be a doctor: Alma is mostly interested in the wedding shoes and in spinning wild stories about evil spirits for her beloved younger sister Roop, a wild child obsessed with death.

Ma and Bappu are uneasy about their daughter marrying so young, but political unrest is brewing, and times are bad for girls in India. When Partition happens this extraordinary family is torn apart, but the resilience of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing…

‘Powerful and heartbreaking… The book’s primary and unflinching focus is the female members of the household: Ma, her
daughters Alma and Roop, among others, all drawn with such skill and love that they remain with you long after the final sentence.’Observer

‘Moth is a rare, winged delight – able to stare unflinchingly into the darkness, while always illuminated by a fierce love for life. A stunning, powerful work by a brave new voice in British fiction.’ – Anna Hope, author of Expectation

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Melody Razak is a writer from London, with an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. She has had short stories published in the Mechanics Institute Review, the Bath Short Story Anthology and the Brick Lane Short Story Prize. Previous to writing, she owned a cake shop in Brighton for eight years and more recently worked in the kitchens of Honey&Co in London as a pastry chef. Moth is her debut novel. Image (c) Patricia Niven

 

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