Mathangi Subramanian for A People's History of Heaven with LupitaReads
We're so excited to welcome Mathangi Subramanian to celebrate her wonderful novel, A People's History of Heaven, in conversation with bookstagram queen @LupitaReads in the Lemon Collective with some wine and great company.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian, and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. Marginalized women, they are determined to transcend their surroundings. When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever. Elegant, poetic, and vibrant, A People's History of Heaven takes a clear-eyed look at adversity and geography--and dazzles in its depiction of these women's fierceness and determination not just to survive, but to triumph.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mathangi Subramanian is an award-winning Indian American writer, author, and educator. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Teachers College of Columbia University, and the recipient of a Fulbright as well as other fellowships. Her writing has previously appeared in the Washington Post, Quartz, Al Jazeera America, and elsewhere. This is her first work of literary fiction.
ABOUT THE IN CONVO PARTNER
Lupita Aquino is known on the internet at @Lupita.Reads and is a lover of books & beer: awkwardly getting caught photographing both! She reviews for the Washington Independent Review of Books and is the co-founder of the Lit on H St Book Club.