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Burnt Sugar

‘A masterclass. Crisp, engaging, perfectly tragic in the way that families often tend to be… Doshi writes sharply, in no-nonsense prose, not a single sentence in the book can be omitted… Avni Doshi is a force to watch out for in the literary world’

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In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her loveless marriage to join an ashram, endured a brief stint as a beggar (mostly to spite her affluent parents), and spent years chasing after a dishevelled, homeless 'artist' - all with her young child in tow. Now she is forgetting things, 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 woman who never cared for her.

This is a love story and a story about betrayal. But not between lovers - between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar unpicks the slippery cords of memory and myth that bind two women together, and hold them apart.