Good evening, bloggers! I hope you’re well and enjoying some good books. Honestly, I’ve been doing my best, yet I’ve been in a reading slump. I’ve received advance copies of upcoming titles, so I’ll do my best to get around to them.
In the meantime, Happy Pub Day to A Burning, by Megha Majumdar! Set in modern day India, this story revolves around three people whose lives become entwined following a terrorist attack.
After leaving a careless comment regarding the attack on Facebook, Jivan—a young Muslim girl from the slums—is arrested on suspicion of executing the terrorist attacks. PT Sir—Jivan’s former gym teacher—accidentally gets involved in a right-wing political party, only to learn that Jivan’s situation can further his career and future. And then there’s Lovely, an aspiring actress who becomes Jivan’s alibi, but it may cost Lovely everything she worked toward, should she help Jivan.
While I recommend this book for those who enjoy political themes, I wasn’t really into this one, as much as I wanted to like it. I could go into the topic a bit, yet I feel I’ll spoil it. I suppose I was hoping for a bit more, yet I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I’d say check it out, if you’re interested. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!
*I received this early copy, in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Megha Majumdar is an associate editor at Catapult in New York City, where she works on both books and the magazine (catapult.co). She grew up in India and studied anthropology at Johns Hopkins and Harvard. She lives in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter.