Join us on Tuesday, March 7 at 7pm PT when Oindrila Mukherjee celebrates the release of her novel, The Dream Builders, with Talia Lakshmi Kolluri at 9th Ave!
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Praise for The Dream Builders
"The Dream Builders is a novel of epic proportions that follows Maneka Roy and those around her as they each ponder the power of forgiveness and learn none of them can wield that power without first forgiving the self. Oindrila Mukherjee allows full life for these characters who are often real enough to remind us of ourselves, even as they betray one another. . . . even as they betray themselves. This is a lovely debut." - Jericho Brown, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Tradition
"Oindrila Mukherjee’s The Dream Builders is such an impressive feat of storytelling, a novel that examines the constraints of class, of gender, of history, while showcasing the sheer expansiveness of the endeavor, skillfully shifting the point of view amongst a group of characters who each demand a claim on the story. It’s a marvel of a structure, built by a great talent." - Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Nothing to See Here
"Mukherjee has written a funny, moving, and often deliciously cynical novel about the illusive ideal we sometimes call the New India. Written from almost every angle imaginable, the novel demonstrates how each of us might be a hero in our own narratives while being the potential villain in someone else’s." - Tiphanie Yanique, author of Monster in the Middle
About The Dream Builders
After living in the US for years, Maneka Roy returns home to India to mourn the loss of her mother and finds herself in a new world. The booming city of Hrishipur where her father now lives is nothing like the part of the country where she grew up, and the more she sees of this new, sparkling city, the more she learns that nothing—and no one—here is as it appears. Ultimately, it will take an unexpected tragic event for Maneka and those around her to finally understand just how fragile life is in this city built on aspirations.
Written from the perspectives of ten different characters, Oindrila Mukherjee’s incisive debut novel explores class divisions, gender roles, and stories of survival within a society that is constantly changing and becoming increasingly Americanized. It’s a story about India today, and people impacted by globalization everywhere: a tale of ambition, longing, and bitter loss that asks what it really costs to try and build a dream.
About Oindrila Mukherjee
Oindrila Mukherjee is the author of The Dream Builders. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Grand Valley State University. She grew up in Kolkata, India, and resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
About Talia Lakshmi Kolluri
Talia Lakshmi Kolluri is the author of What We Fed to the Manticore. Her short fiction has appeared in The Minnesota Review, Ecotone, Southern Humanities Review, The Common, and elsewhere. She was born and raised in Northern California and currently lives in California’s beautiful Central Valley with her husband and cat.
A Good Morning America and PureWow Best Book of January
A Goodreads Buzziest Book of the New Year
A January Indie Next Pick & Debutiful Most Anticipated Book of 2023
“A marvel.” —Kevin Wilson
“Funny, moving, and often deliciously cynical.” —Tiphanie Yanique
Longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction
A Ms. Magazine, Bustle, Publishers Weekly, Chicago Review of Books, Debutiful, and ALTA Journal Best Book of September
An Orion Best Book of Fall