A Respectable Woman (HB)


Author: Easterine Kire

9789385932472 | HB | pp. 220 | 2019 | Kali for Women

A Respectable Woman by Easterine Kire explores one woman’s journey through these altered realities.

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The Second World War has just ended. The Japanese have departed. In Nagaland in northeast India—one of the key theaters of the battle—political unrest and tremendous social changes have generated new social problems. For returning soldiers and others dealing with the aftermath of war, alcohol provides some relief and a way of dealing with new realities. The Church, a major presence, joins the battle against alcoholism with its support of the Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition Act. This mandate, however, only leads to bootlegging and the more insidious problem of domestic violence.

In her new novel, Easterine Kire explores one woman’s journey through these altered realities. In doing so, she also uncovers the underbelly of a society in transition—one that is reluctant to cast off traditional ways even as it entangles itself in the problems of the modern world.

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About the Author

The author is an award-winning Indian poet, novelist, and writer of children’s books. Her first novel A Naga Village Remembered (reissued as Sky Is My Father) was the first Naga novel to be published in English. Her other novels include Son of the Thundercloud (winner of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2018 and the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award 2017), Bitter Wormwood (shortlisted for the Hindu Prize 2013), When the River Sleeps (winner of the Hindu Prize 2015) and Don’t Run, My Love (2017). Her work has been translated into German, Croatian, Uzbek, Norwegian and Nepali. In 2011 she was awarded the governor’s medal for excellence in Naga literature.


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