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The Normal State of Mind
The Normal State of Mind

The Normal State of Mind


250 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.99 (CA $16.99) (US $13.99)

Publication Date: May 2015

ISBN 9781909844629

Rights: US, CA, SAM & CAR

Parthian Books Ltd. (May 2015)
Parthian Books

Price: $13.99


Dipali, a young bride, is determined to make her marriage a success story. But her plans are cut short when her husband is killed by a bomb blast in Mumbai. Forced into a life of widowhood, her brother expects her to sacrifice her own independence for the sake of caring for their elderly mother, but Dipali has other ideas. Moushumi, a school teacher, discovers that her attraction to women is not just a girl crush. As her parents discuss potential husbands, Moushumi escapes to her high-flying lover. But how long can she keep being a lesbian secret beyond the safe walls of glamorous art-crowd parties? This stirring and important novel brings to the forefront the issue that, in the midst of communal riots and gay rights movements, India too has to make her own decisions about which traditions she must keep, and which she ought to let go.

Author Biography

Susmita Bhattacharya is a writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Eleven Eleven Journal, Litro, Penguin Unplugged, Rarebit, and Stories for Homes.