Listen to the Bells: On Writing Indian Characters

Swati Avasthi

Unapologetically Asian Literature

Avasthi, Swati. Chasing Shadows. Random House, 336p. $10.99 Trade pb. 978-0-375-86343-1.

Budhos, Marina, and Kent Nguyen. Tell Us We’re Home. Atheneum, reprint 2011. 320p. $8.99 Trade pb. 978-1-4424-2128-8.

Hidler, Tanaj Desai. Born Confused. Scholastic, reprint 2014. 512p. $10.99 Trade pb. 978-0-545-66451-6.

Lee, Stacey. Under a Painted Sky. Penguin, 2016. 384p. $10.99 Trade pb. 978-0-14-751184-3.

Lo, Malinda. Ash. Little Brown, 2010. 264p. $10.99 Trade pb. 978-0-316-04010-5.

Na, An. A Step From Heaven. Penguin, 2003. 160p. $18.99. 978-0-7569-1405-9.

Senzai, N. H. Shooting Kabul. Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman, 2011. 288p. $ 7.99 Trade pb. 978-0-06-185762-1.

Seth, Kashmira. Keeping Corner. Disney-Hyperion, reprint 2009. 304p. $7.99 Trade pb. 978-0-7868-3860-8.

Tan, Shaun. The Arrival. Scholastic, 2012. 128p. $19.99. 978-0-439-89529-3.

Venkatraman, Padma. Climbing the Stairs. Penguin, 2010. 272p. $8.99 Trade pb. 978-0-14-241490-3.

Wilson, G. Willow, and  Adrian Alphona. Ms. Marvel, Vol 1. No Normal. Marvel, 2014. 120p. $15.99 Trade pb. 978-0-7851-9021-9.

Yang, Gene. The Shadow Hero. First Second, 2014. 176p. $17.99 Trade pb. 978-1-59643-697-8.

Avasthi headshotSwati Avasthi is the author two novels: Split (Knopf, 2010) which received the International Reading Association Award, Cybils Award, and was nominated for fifteen state awards; and Chasing Shadows which received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and Kirkus and was made Best of the 2013 lists by Kirkus, CBC, and YALSA.  Avasthi holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from University of Minnesota.  She teaches in Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and lives with her two dogs, two kids, and one husband, though he is worth two.  


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