My latest book is The One Who Swam With The Fishes.
"A mesmerizing account of the well-known story of Matsyagandha ... and her transformation from fisherman’s daughter to Satyavati, Santanu’s royal consort and the Mother/Progenitor of the Kuru clan." - Hindustan Times
"Themes of fate, morality and power overlay a subtle and essential feminism to make this lyrical book a must-read. If this is Madhavan’s first book in the Girls from the Mahabharata series, there is much to look forward to in the months to come." - Open Magazine
"A gleeful dollop of Blytonian magic ... Reddy Madhavan is also able to tackle some fairly sensitive subjects such as identity, the love of and karmic ties with parents, adoption, the first sexual encounter, loneliness, and my favourite, feminist rage." - Scroll
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3 July 2013
Reading list, July week one.
So, here's what's kept me up and curled in armchairs over the past two weeks.
Cover Flip project. Kind of like Buffy meets Ghostbusters, an American girl goes to school in London, "sees" things, and joins a young team of cops fighting supernatural crime. I can't say much more without giving it away, but HURRAH Maureen. *claps*
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer which is basically this year's Gone Girl. No kidding, everyone is reading it and recommending it to other people, so let me add my voice to the fray. It begins and you think, "Oh I've read this story" (two examples: The Secret History and Special Topics In Calamity Physics) because the Interestings are a group of young, precocious teens at a camp for precocious teens, but then it's so much more epic as it spans their lives from 15 to 55, disease and deaths, 70s and 80s and 90s and noughties, and honestly, it's quite a deep and intense exploration of people and love and lives. (Buy here)
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers is the ultimate, ULTIMATE book for anyone who adored Mean Girls. See, there's a popular girl, except thanks to one fateful evening, she's no longer popular and her friends--the A group--are cruel and nobody likes her because she too used to be powerful and cruel. Read it to revist just how sucky high school was for some of us. (Here's an old post about me, class seven, eight, nine and hating it all.)
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman which I probably shouldn't even mention because I've never read Gaiman before, but it was so good, I immediately went online and ordered the first volume of Sandman. I love writers who convert me to their way of things. I loved it because it was so spooky and surreal, a child's nightmare, the faraway laugh of a little boy in your dreams and you wake up and it's still haunting you, the imaginings that are still so close to those of us who haven't let go of our childhood brains completely, dark pressing in on you, imaginary friends who were so real and yet so not, it's all there in this book, so maybe don't read all alone at night in a big house whose sounds you aren't yet familiar with. (An aside: do you suppose Neil Gaiman ever got teased for his last name?)
Currently reading, but already fathoms deep in love with A.S King's Please Ignore Vera Dietz. King is like John Green with a cigarette and a raspy whiskey voice. Spot on, spot-fuckin'-on. (Buy here.)
As you can see it has been a very girly-YA month for me. I'm feeling drawn towards adolescent narratives at the moment. The stuff lined up on my Kindle for the rest of the month is going into an entirely new set of genres though: short stories, dystopian novels about poets and non-fiction books about the mouth. Interesting. I'll keep you posted.
What are you reading?