Burnt Sugar: A Novel (Hardcover)

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About the Author


Avni Doshi was born in New Jersey. She received her BA in art history from Barnard College and her MA in history of art at University College, London. While working as an art writer and curator in India, Doshi began writing fiction. She has been awarded the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize and a Charles Pick Fellowship. Her debut novel, Burnt Sugar, was shortlisted for the prestigious TATA Literature Award upon its publication in India. Avni Doshi currently lives in Dubai with her family.

Praise For…


Avni Doshi is a writer of surgical precision and sharp intelligence. This novel of mother-and-daughter resentments and the deep, intimate cuts of ancient family history gleams like a bladeboth dangerous and beautiful. I loved it.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Burnt Sugaris a work of extraordinary insight, courage and sophisticationIts not that Doshi has written something no one has ever thought before; its that shes written something no one has ever expressed so exquisitely and so baldly.
The Washington Post

Acerbic, full of wit and cool intelligence, but also brilliantly poetic and passionateevery sentence is a coiled spring.
Olivia Sudjic

Burnt Sugaris absolutely exquisite.
Diksha Basu

I readBurnt Sugarwith awe, fury and compassion, electrified by the question of whether time does heal all wounds, and whether it even should."
Catherine Whelan

Avni Doshi writes fearlessly, with a cruel, almost terrifying intelligence. I was discomfited and exhilarated by it.
Meng Jin

A courageous novel written in spare, gleaming sentences. It made me hold my breath and gather it up again.
Tishani Doshi

Raw, wise, and cuttingly funny.
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Burnt Sugaris an unsettling, sinewy debut, startling in its venom and disarming in its humor from the very first sentence.
Guardian

Doshis prose is arresting and her ideas fiercely intelligent.
Sunday Times

Doshis visceral debut is a no-holds-barred excavation of how hate can both poison and sustain.
Daily Mail

A corrosive, compulsive debut.
Daily Telegraph

An intelligent debut, deserving of its Booker shortlisting,Burnt Sugaris sorrowful, skeptical, and electrifyingly truthful about mothers and daughters.
Guardian, Book of the Day

The words in Avni Doshis Burnt Sugar hit you like a bullet...Regardless of your cultural background, Burnt Sugar will pulse with an addictive and thrilling energy. Every sentence is a treasure to read and brings you one step closer to yourself, even though you didnt ask for it.
Michigan Daily

a landmark portrait of toxic parenting and its tangled aftermath ...Dark emotions color a daughters complex connection to her mother in a striking first novel that delves deep into family bonds.
Kirkus STARRED review

Burnt Sugaris an incredible novel with messages and characters that remain with its reader far beyond the final line.
New York Journal of Books

With a tightly controlled narrative voice and careful use of flashbacks This is a layered, descriptive, at times distasteful novel that brings us face to face with our own darker impulses and deep-seated traumas.
Chicago Review of Books


Product Details
ISBN: 9781419752926
ISBN-10: 1419752928
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: January 26th, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English