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.