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It is 1898. India is ruled by the British, and India’s women are ruled by British masters as well as Indian men. A desperate young widow makes a tragic sacrifice to save herself from ultimate dishonor. She marries a stranger for security and shelter, but her damaged second family pays dearly for this Faustian bargain. Then, an extraordinary atonement and strange liaisons in politics and love — spanning the two world wars and the Indian independence movement — help her descendants heal from this traumatic private history. LOVE’S GARDEN demonstrates the strength, resilience, and unbreakable spirit of mothers and daughters navigating layers of oppression, all while the sun is not-so-peacefully setting on British India.

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Nandini Bhattacharya

About the Author

Dear Friends, Readers…I was born and raised in India and have called the United States my second continent for the last thirty years. My short stories have appeared or will appear in the Saturday Evening Post Best Short Stories from the Great American Fiction Contest Anthology 2021 (forthcoming 2021),the Good Cop/Bad Cop Anthology, Flowersong Press, 2021, the Gardan Anthology of the Craigardan Artists Residency, Meat for Tea: the Valley Review, Storyscape Journal, Raising Mothers, The Bacon Review, The Bangalore Review, OyeDrum, and Ozone Park Journal. I’ve attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Workshop and held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, VONA, Centrum Writer’s Residency, Ragdale Artist’s Residency, and Craigardan Writers Residency (forthcoming). I was first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Flash Fiction contest (2017-2018), a finalist for the Fourth River Folio Contest for Prose Prize (2018), long-listed for the Disquiet International Literary Prize (2019 and 2020), a finalist for the Reynolds-Price International Women’s Literary Award (2019), and a finalist for the Saturday Evening Post Great American Stories Contest, 2021, October 2020.I’m now working on a second novel about love, minorities, racism, and Hindutva politics in India and xenophobic mentalities and other mysteries in Donald Trump’s America, titled Homeland Blues. I ardently admire Jhumpa Lahiri, Megha Majumdar, Amitav Ghosh, Salman Rushdie, and last but not least, Chimamanda Adichie. I live outside Houston with my family and serve a queenly marmalade cat.My debut novel, Love’s Garden, releases on October 27, 2020 — read advance reviews at https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/loves-garden/ and https://www.netgalley.com/book/199071/reviewsVisit me at:Author’s Guild: https://www.nandinibhattacharyawrites.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nandininbhattac/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/NandiniNbhattac Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nandini.bhattacharya.9404, and https://www.facebook.com/oneplanetonlyone/ Blog: https://oneplanetonlyone.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nandini-bhattacharya-088a243b/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20003001.Nandini_BhattacharyaAttend virtual (AND, I’d claim, virtuous and various) Readings and Events include:*Reading at the KGB Bar, New York City, Nov 15, 2020, 7-9 PM: https://kgbbar.com/red-room-event/kgb-bar/sun-11152020-1900/nandini-bhattacharya *Book Launch at Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX, Oct 27, 2020, 7–8 PM: https://www.brazosbookstore.com/event/virtual-nandini-bhattacharya-loves-garden *Cambridge Writers Workshop and IEE Benefit Reading, July 24, 8-9 PM: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3121058904637971&ref=watch_permalink *The Great Indoors Reading Series, New York, June 19, 2020, 8-9 PM: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-great-indoors-61920/1Listen to Podcasts:The Great Indoors Reading Series podcast: https://anchor.fm/tgicast/episodes/Nandini-Bhattacharya-Archaeology-of-the-Self-ehusglAnd read Interviews:interview with Scott Coon, author of Lost Helix: http://www.scottcoonscifi.com/LCI.html

Love’s Garden

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