Shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize
A searing, compulsively readable story of mothers and daughters, memory and madness, love and betrayal.
Precisely written, resolutely unsentimental… A compelling book, beautifully written and with startling imagery – emotionally wrenching and poignant in equal measure. ~ The Booker Prize Judges 2020
Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her arranged marriage to join an ashram, took a hapless artist for a lover, rebelled against every social expectation of a good Indian woman – all with her young child in tow. Years on, she is an old woman with a fading memory, mixing up her maid’s wages and leaving the gas on all night, and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a mother who never seemed to care for her.
This is a poisoned love story. But not between lovers – between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar gradually untangles the knot of memory and myth that bind two women together, revealing the truth that lies beneath.