The Far Field (MP3 CD)

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By Madhuri Vijay, Sneha Mathan (Narrated by)
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Set in India and Kashmir, this story is narrated by Shalini who is recounting events in her childhood that followed her into her adulthood. With her mother’s passing, Shalini is left with unanswered questions about a traveling salesman that used to visit with Shalini and her mother when her father was at work. She heads to Kashmir to find the salesman and get answers to her questions and she is able to do this because her family is privileged. Kashmir is full of political unrest and she ends up staying for quite a while with the salesman’s family. Shalini entangles herself with some locals in the village, with the family of the salesman, all the while not fully comprehending the effect her actions have on those same villagers and people. As Shalini tells her story, you learn of the Indian/Kashmir conflict and how it affects the people who are far away from the tech hub cities in India and makes you think about the power of privilege. -Cathy, Atlanta


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January 2019 Indie Next List

“Few seasoned novelists — let alone a first-time novelist like Madhuri Vijay — are able to construct scene after scene with compelling interior drama, tension, and forward momentum, but you’ll never want to stop reading as Vijay skillfully combines a personal journey and family mystery with a political examination of the Kashmiri-Indian troubles. Shalini, the narrator of this extraordinary work, has a mother who immediately belongs on any shortlist of literature’s great characters. If I read a better novel in 2019, then 2019 will become my favorite year of the 21st century.”
— Brian Lampkin, Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC

Winter 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay is stunning! Shalini, a young woman from Bangalore, is searching for a man from her childhood among the remote Himalayan villages of Kashmir in the hope of learning about her layered and enigmatic mother. Her journey forces her to go face-to-face with the region’s politics while contending with the matters of her heart. Madhuri Vijay’s writing is so evocative and aromatic, I could smell perfume and plumes of smoke in her sentences. I absolutely loved it!”
— Thu Doan, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX

Product Details
ISBN: 9781974930104
ISBN-10: 1974930106
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication Date: January 15th, 2019
Language: English