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  • Published: 7 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784744090
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $48.00

Nine Paths

A Year in the Life of an Indian Village




Lyrical, immersive non-fiction chronicling the stories of nine Muslim women on the margins of modern India, from anthropologist and ethnographer Dr Lexi Stadlen

On an island at the eastern edge of India, rural, remote and dense with jungle, is a Muslim village. In an ever-shifting landscape of mangroves and rivers, the women here dwell among contradictions - with the restrictions and possibilities of their religion, the desire for opportunity despite the lack of education, and the unreliability of a changing climate in a much loved home. Secrets are impossible to keep and one's neighbours are often too close for comfort.

Nine Paths follows the lives of nine of these women, and their families, over the course of a year -from one monsoon season to another. There are weddings to celebrate and deaths to mourn, difficult marriages to navigate and tragedies to overcome, as we observe the everyday drudgery and unexpected turmoil, the grind of poverty and the dreams of something better.

Revelatory, lyrical and immersive, this is an extraordinary book that takes you deep into these ordinary women's worlds. Anthropologist Lexi Stadlen spent sixteen months in this village, talking, listening, and getting to know these women, who were willing to share their complicated, fascinating lives. Their stories are urgent, brilliant, forcefully articulated - and this book gives us the chance to hear them.

  • Published: 7 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784744090
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $48.00

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