"It begins with an ending: in a scenario that has become infuriatingly common, the narrator has been shot by the cops and is bleeding out in her driveway. The rest of the story proceeds as a series of snapshots, memories from her childhood and adulthood interspersed with her last thoughts and impressions. It wasn’t an easy life, lived as it was at the nightmarish intersection of racism and sexism, and it was cruelly cut short. The reader is left filled with bitterness at the constant injustices of her living days and the brutality of her death—it is all so tragically unnecessary and wrong. At the same time, this book is absolutely, overwhelmingly gorgeous, a marvel of coexisting beauty and pain. The Atlas of Reds and Blues is the kind of book that feels like a gift.” — Lauren Peugh, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)
It takes place in a morning; it covers a lifetime. Short, vivid chapters, like puzzle pieces, deliver the thoughts of a woman sprawled on the pavement, bleeding. She has just dropped off her three daughters at school and returned to her home in an Atlanta suburb. Born in North Carolina, this American of Bengali descent is nonetheless asked repeatedly where she is from because her skin is brown. She has faced discrimination, cruelty, and stupidity in routine circumstances and as a newspaper reporter. A policeman pulls her over day after day for phony traffic violations; a visit to the dry cleaner turns into a vicious confrontation….” — Donna Seaman
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The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar — U.S. publisher: Counterpoint, Feb. 2019
This debut novel portrays “one woman’s shift from acquiescence to resistance” against the racism and xenophobia she grew up with in the rural South as the daughter of Bengali immigrants, per the agency. She is “met with the same questions: ‘Where are you from? No, where are you really from?’ Her answer—‘Here’—is never enough.”
Devi Laskar '96 to Publish Debut Novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues
Alumna Devi Laskar’s '96 debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, will be published February 2019 by Counterpoint Press. Pre-orders are available through Indiebound.
The Atlas of Reds and Blues follows an unnamed protagonist simply called, “Mother,” who, along with her three daughters, and husband move from Atlanta to a wealthy suburban town. Mother, a second-generation Bengali woman, must deal with her neighbors’ racism, microaggressions, and the ways they make her feel like an “other,” and an outsider. However, “The Mother's simmering anger breaks through one morning, when, during a baseless and prejudice-driven police raid on her house, she finally refuses to be calm, complacent, polite―and is ultimately shot.” Laskar’s debut novel explores ideas such as the experience of second-generation immigrants, what it means to be a wife, sister, and mother, and draws from Laskar and her family's traumatic personal experience of a home-raid.
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