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  • Published: 16 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241989142
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $24.00

Burnt Sugar

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020




A searing and addictive literary debut about mothers and daughters, obsession and betrayal

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.

  • Published: 16 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241989142
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $24.00

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