— Booklist starred review

“As narratively brutal as it is beautiful…”
             — Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy



“A timely, poignant meditation on police 
  brutality and lingering racism.”



Winner of the 2020 Crook's Corner Book Prize

Winner of the 2020 Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature

Named by The Washington Post as one of 50 best books of 2019

Named by The Georgia Center for the Book as "A Book All Georgians Should Read" 2019

Finalist, Northern California Book Award in Fiction (2019)

Long-listed for the DSC Prize in South Asian Literature & Long-listed for CIBA's Golden Poppy Award

Atlas in 2019 Most-Anticipated and Must-Read Lists

“Devi S Laskar's debut novel is a "searing meditation" on race and gender”
 — DNA India

“Laskar’s stunning debut skillfully tackles … racism … in a mosaic.”                                          

 — Publishers Weekly


“A …. harrowing fever dream of a novel…”                                                            

— Nayomi Munaweera, author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors 


“… [A] fiery honest reckoning with today’s cultural landscape…”                                                                            — Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor Cafe 


“An unforgettable exploration of what it means to be a woman of color in contemporary America…”           — Jean Kwok, author of Girl in Translation 


“…mining the most searing art out of a horror pulled straight from current events…”                                       — Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling