Synopses & Reviews
For Maya, a young widow trying to escape her complicated past, teaching school in a secluded mountain village offers a promise of peace. Here she feels close to the calm heart of the land, where lush foothills meet clear skies. In the evenings she teaches a peasant girl, Charu, to write so she can correspond with her lover in secret. As Maya finds out, however, no refuge is remote enough to keep out the modern world, or her own past. The community she has grown to love comes under attack when powerful outsiders hijack the local elections, dividing the villagers and threatening Charu's family. And when Maya's landlord's charming nephew sets up shop nearby, Maya is drawn to him despite her better instincts-and soon finds herself questioning everything she has ever known.
A 2012 Best Fiction and Classics Audiobook. Earphones Award Winner. ""Roy's tender story creates a sensory experience for listeners, and Mathan's narration embraces its exquisite surroundings and inventive characters."" - AudioFile Magazine
A Listen Up Award Fiction Winner, and Listen Up Audiobook of the Year. Starred Review. ""This audio edition is skillfully performed by Sneha Mathan, whose narration is crisp, engaging, and even slightly soothing. She creates a host of unique voices for the book's characters, employing appropriate accents and dialects, deepening her voice for male characters, and ably capturing the essence of the diverse cast."" - Publishers Weekly (audio review)
Starred Review. ""This elegiacal novel of love, loss and personal identity is a stunning achievement for this rising star of Indian literary fiction."" - Shelf Awareness
""Roy is particularly adept at mining the emotional intricacies of the relationship between Maya and Diwan Sahib, which also serves to symbolize India's uneasy passage from tradition to modernity."" - The New York Times
""Gentle comedy, bitter tragedy and grief intertwine in an affectionately delineated portrait of an Indian hill community...this understated, finely observed book expresses a haunting vision. A writer to watch."" - Kirkus Reviews
""Roy's vivid evocations of the Himalayan landscape, her affection for outcasts, and her skepticism toward those who make the rules inform this subtle, funny, and ultimately hopeful novel that reminds us of the importance of everyday kindness - a truth that will resonate no matter where you call home."" - Marie Claire
""Roy has written a carefully observed story of separation, loss and resourcefulness...reminiscent of the great R.K. Narayan's poignant tales of rural India. But what defines Roy's talent is her elegant marriage of psychology and nature."" - Ms. Magazine
""...truly beautiful...like going into a dream, so poetic and evocative is Anuradha Roy's prose. It is also a profound record of social history, beautifully told as a heartwarming story. A worthy successor to her previous novel."" - Red Magazine
""A perfect treat...Roy brings her characters vividly and amusingly to life."" - Country and Town House Magazine
""The Folded Earth is pure pleasure, that old fashioned sort of novel in which one can immerse oneself; an absolute treat."" - Business World
A triumphantly beautiful novel from the widely acclaimed author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing.
About the Author
Anuradha Roy's first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, was named by World Literature Today as one of the 60 most essential books on modern India and shortlisted for the Crossword Prize. She was the winner of the Picador-Outlook Non-fiction Award. She is an editor at Permanent Black, an independent press publishing in South Asian history, politics and culture. She lives mainly in Ranikhet, India, with her husband Rukun Advani and their dog, Biscoot.
Sneha Mathan spent a peripatetic childhood in India, punctuated by a short spell in the Seychelles. Now fixedly based in Seattle, she works as a voice actor and audiobook narrator. Her audiobook work has received several Earphones awards and she is a two-time Audie finalist.