Megha Majumdar presents "A Burning," with C. Pam Zhang

June 29, 2021, 7:30 PM

Megha Majumdar joins us for the paperback release of her novel, A Burning, in conversation with C. Pam Zhang. This program will be pre-recorded and premiered on our YouTube channel on Tuesday, June 29, at 7:30 PM ET sharp. 

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A National Book Award Longlist honoree and “gripping thriller with compassionate social commentary” (USA Today).

Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan's fall. Lovelyan irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humorhas the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear.

Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening lines, A Burning is an electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to riseto the middle class, to political power, to fame in the moviesand find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.

Megha Majumdar was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She moved to the United States to attend college at Harvard University, followed by graduate school in social anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She works as an editor at Catapult and lives in New York City. A Burning is her first book.

Born in Beijing, C Pam Zhang is mostly an artifact of the United States. She is the author of How Much of These Hills Is Gold, winner of the Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award and the Asian/Pacific Award for Literature; nominated for the Booker Prize; and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Zhang’s writing appears in Best American Short StoriesThe CutMcSweeney’s QuarterlyThe New Yorker, and The New York Times. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree.