When Ashwin, a wealthy Delhi boy, meets Lallan, a struggling student from Patna looking to make his fortune, their friendship, with their mutual love for the almond-eyed Mallika, seems to transcend the fault lines of class and privilege.
But one night at a party, a fateful incident leads their worlds to unravel with consequences that change both their lives forever and expose the deep turmoil inherent in the frenetic energy of the new, aspiring India.
An audacious debut, Fire Under Ash marks the arrival of Indian fictions latest star, who takes a coruscating look at Delhis beauty and brutality, writing the city as weve never read it before.
About the Author
Saskya Jain was born in Ahmedabad and grew up in New Delhi. Educated at Berlins Free University and at Columbia University, she holds an MFA in Fiction from Boston University, where she received the Florence Engel Randall Award and the Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in numerous literary magazines and one of her stories was a finalist in the 2011 Asian-American short story contest. She lives in New Delhi and Berlin. Fire Under Ash is her first novel.