Miss New India: A Novel

Paperback | May 16, 2011

byBharati Mukherjee

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Anjali Bose may be "Miss New India," but her prospects don't look great. Born into a traditional lower-middle-class family, Anjali lives in a backwater town and has an arranged marriage on the horizon. But her ambition, charm and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her influential English teacher, Peter Champion (an expat American). And champion her Peter does, both to other powerful people who can help her along the way and to Anjali herself, stirring in her a desire to take charge of her own destiny.

So she sets off for Bangalore, India's fastest-growing major metropolis, and quickly falls in with an audacious and ambitious crowd of young people who have learned how to sound American by watching shows likeSex and the CityandSeinfeldin order to get jobs as call-centre service agents, where they are quickly able to out-earn their parents. It is in this high-tech city that Anjali -- suddenly free from the traditional confines of class, caste, gender and more -- is able to confront her past and reinvent herself. Of course, the seductive pull of modernity does not come without a dark side, and these inherent dangers threaten Anjali's transformation at every turn.

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Anjali Bose may be "Miss New India," but her prospects don't look great. Born into a traditional lower-middle-class family, Anjali lives in a backwater town and has an arranged marriage on the horizon. But her ambition, charm and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her influential English teacher, Peter Champion (an expat Americ...

BHARATI MUKHERJEE is the author of seven novels (most recentlyDesirable DaughtersandThe Tree Bride), two collections of short stories (DarknessandThe Middleman and Other Stories), and the co-author, with Clark Blaise, of two books of non-fiction (Days and Nights in CalcuttaandThe Sorrow and the Terror: The Haunting Legacy of the Air In...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.93 inPublished:May 16, 2011Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

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Enchanting! Mukherjee's pitch-perfect ear for character and mood and her story-telling gifts capture the exhilarating restlessness of a young Indian woman's pursuit of happiness.  MISS NEW INDIA illuminates as brilliantly as it entertains.” -- Amy Tan<_o3a_p>

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