Virtual: Shruti Swamy, The Archer

Join Porter Square Books for a virtual event with Shruti Swamy for the release of her new novel, The Archer! She will be joined in conversation by Shamala Gallagher. This event is free and open to all, hosted on Crowdcast.

"Swirl[s] in dancelike rhythms that sweep the story along... a mesmerizing coming-of-age story." --Kirkus Reviews

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Kiese Laymon called Shruti Swamy's debut book of stories, A House Is a Body, "one of the greatest short story collections of the 2020s." Now, Swamy brings us an accomplished and immersive coming-of-age novel set in the Bombay of the 1960s and 1970s.

As a child, Vidya exists to serve her family, watch over her younger brother, and make sense of a motherless world. One day she catches sight of a class where the students are learning Kathak, a precise, dazzling form of dance that requires the utmost discipline and focus. Kathak quickly becomes the organizing principle of Vidya's life, even as she leaves home for college, falls in love with her best friend, and battles demands on her time, her future, and her body. Can Vidya give herself over to her art and also be a wife in Bombay's carefully delineated society? Can she shed the legacy of her own imperfect, unknowable mother? Must she, herself, also become a mother?

Intensely lyrical and deeply sensual, with writing as rhythmically mesmerizing as Kathak itself, The Archer is about the transformative power of art and the possibilities that love can open when we're ready.

Shruti Swamy is the author of the story collection, A House Is a Body, which was a finalist for the Pen/Robert Bingham Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction, and longlisted for the Story Prize. Her work has been published by the Paris ReviewMcSweeney’s, and anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut novel, The Archer, will be published by Algonquin Books in September 2021. She lives in San Francisco.

Shamala Gallagher is the author of Late Morning When the World Burns, a poetry collection. Her essays and poems appear in Poetry, Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, and The Rumpus. She teaches English and world cultures at a community college and lives with her family in Athens, GA.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 7:00pm

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ISBN: 9781616209902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - September 7th, 2021