Club Book Episode 110 Megha Majumdar
Megha Majumdar is the author behind A Burning, one of the most anticipated and best reviewed fiction debuts of 2020. Set in modern-day India, this propulsive narratives hinges around three characters on the margins of society: Jivan, a Muslim girl living in the slums of Kolkata (Calcutta); Lovely, a member of India’s intersex hijra community; and PT Sir, an opportunistic gym teacher turned right-wing politician. Although fiction, “A Burning quickly dismantles the ordinary skepticism that attends the reading of made-up stories” (New Yorker), and “offers a powerful corrective to the political narratives that have dominated in contemporary India” (Time). Majumdar is herself a native of Kolkata. She moved to the United States to attend school at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University. She is currently an associate editor at literary magazine and independent publisher Catapult. A Burning has won several honors since its June launch, including being picked up by NBC’s “Today” as the summer’s #ReadWithJenna pick.