These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light


Author: Dharini Bhaskar

9789391028138 | PB | pp. 328 | 2021 | Hachette

These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light by Dharini Bhaskar is a story about women enmeshed in the web of choices they make and those made for them.

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Until now, Deeya has found an unquiet contentment in the memories of her affair with an older man and in a spare but tolerable marriage. Then, Neil comes into her life, offering a heady romance and a new identity. Will Deeya give their fledgling relationship a chance? Perhaps the seeds of her answer have already been sown by her family – by her grandmother and mother, both of whom have been compelled to make complex negotiations with love. As Deeya confronts their stories, she must decide: Will she upend her family’s history and build a narrative of her own? Refreshing in its vision and assured in its craft, These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light is a remarkable debut about (un)sanctioned memory, uncommon love, and the claims of familial history.

These our bodies enmeshed in light.


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About the Author

Born in Bombay, the author has at various points also called Britain, Greece and Delhi home. Dharini was the former editorial director of Simon and Schuster India and was one of five young Indian writers selected for Caravan’s Writers of India Festival, Paris. She has been published in an anthology, Day’s End Stories, and in Hindu Blink and Arre, among other publications. When she isn’t writing, Dharini backpacks, reads, and finds immense joy in being brought up by her son.


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