Shambala Junction: Man Asian Prize-longlisted author by Dipika Mukherjee

Shambala Junction: Man Asian Prize-longlisted author

byDipika Mukherjee

Kobo ebook | January 10, 2017

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Winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction

A young American on a vacation trip around India steps down off the train for a bottle of water at Shambala Junction, only to find herself stranded at the town with no phone or money. Taken in by a poor stall holder she becomes caught up in his family drama to recover a lost child.

A journey into the heart of a hidden India that few Westerners see, Iris must confront her preconceptions, challenge her privilege and learn what really counts. 

*"... a refreshingly original viewpoint on the traditional ‘coming of age’ story, brimming with powerful women, a complex society and fundamental human truths laid out in all its gritty beauty.” * -SkyLightRain

*“An enlightening and enjoyable read. As much a cultural exploration as it is a love story, the book is a remarkable webbing of different viewpoints. Mukherjee is able to translate captivating realities to a wide audience through pulsing characters, with a natural story-telling ability that is inviting and enlightening.” * -Windy City Review

“My hat is off to you for making Shambala Junction a compelling, suspenseful novel that illuminates the personal and social consequences of corrupt adoptions.” - Umberto Tosi author of Ophelia Rising and contributing editor of Chicago Quarterly Review

“… fluid prose that takes firm hold of the plot to produce an invigorating, engaging, and dynamic story.”  -World Literature Today

*“A truly engaging and lovely read, Shambala Junction is a book that tugs at the reader’s morality while at the same time telling a truly inspiring coming-of-age story.” * -9/10 –

 “Shambala Junction takes hold of you and leads you with absolute confidence into one of the most extraordinary journeys any of us ever embark on: the discovery of India.”  -- Barney Norris, author of Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain


About the author

Dipika Mukherjee made her debut as a novelist with Thunder Demons (Gyaana Books, 2011), long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She won the Platform Flash Fiction competition in April 2009. She has edited two anthologies of Southeast Asian short stories: Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). Her first poetry collection, The Palimpsest of Exile, was published by Rubicon Press in 2009. Her short stories and poems have appeared in publications around the world, including World Literature Today, Asia Literary Review, The South Asia Review, Del Sol Review and Postcolonial Text among others, and have been widely anthologised. She curates an Asian/American Reading Series for the Guild Literary Complex, Chicago. Dipika holds a doctorate in English (Sociolinguistics) from Texas A&M University. She has taught language and linguistic courses in China, India, the Netherlands, United States, Malaysia, and Singapore and now teaches Sociolinguistics at Northwestern University and is Faculty Affiliate at the Equality Development and Globalisation Studies (EDGS), Roberta Buffett Centre for International and Comparative Studies.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and they have two sons.


Praise for other works

“Dipika Mukherjee uses vibrant imagery and brutally honest observation to create a humanistic portrait of a modern nation still coming to grips with its past.” City Weekend (Shanghai)

“Longlisted for the Man Asian Prize in 2009, Mukherjee’s novel is not unlike Miguel Syjuco’s IIustrado, which won the prize in 2008. Both are grim state-of-the-nation novels based in East Asia, written by peripatetic authors. Both have lead characters who leave relatively comfortable lives in the United States of America to travel back to the troubled East and tragic pasts.” Paperback Pickings, The Telegraph

Title:Shambala Junction: Man Asian Prize-longlisted authorFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Aurora Metro BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1911501127

ISBN - 13:9781911501121