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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The heart-rending story of a Brahmin family living in 1940s Delhi during India's Independence and subsequent Partition. A spellbinding new talent in fiction.

'I was utterly transported by Moth. Melody Razak takes us right to the heart and the heat of Partition-era Delhi - a fracturing city, a fracturing nation and a family attempting to hold themselves together when everything threatens to tear them apart. A stunning, powerful work by a brave new voice in British fiction'
Anna Hope, author of Expectations

'Moth is a powerful and moving story of a liberal, Brahmin family caught up in the violence and social unrest of post-partition India. It is written with absolute fidelity to the small rituals of daily life, the allegiances and jealousies within families, and the huge and overwhelming forces of history. The writer's skill and sympathy are immense'
Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures

Delhi, 1946.
Ma and Bappu are liberal intellectuals and both teach at Delhi University.
Their fourteen year-old daughter, 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. Ma and Bappu are uneasy about their clever daughter marrying so young, but political unrest is brewing and times are bad for girls in India. Alma adores her naughty younger sister Roop, who is obsessed with death and spends most of her time torturing insects.
When Partition happens, this wonderful family - whom we have come to love and adore - is torn apart and it's hard to bear. But the resilience of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing.

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