- An exclusive signed edition of Gold Diggersin a custom slipcase
- Other surprises!
Sanjena Sathian's enthralling debut is so many things — a captivating coming-of-age novel, a pitch-perfect time capsule of an immigrant community in the 2000s, and a gripping heist. Gold Diggers is told through the perspective of Neil, an unmotivated teen, and later graduate student, in the shadow of competitive peers. As a teenager, he discovers that his neighbor (and crush) Anita is getting a magical boost from drinking stolen gold. Neil joins in, with unexpected consequences. When they reconnect as adults in the Bay Area, Anita is recovering from a decade of high-pressure success and Neil is haunted by their past. We were immediately drawn in by the unusual story and intoxicating characters, and the light moments that belie a resonant story about ambition and desire. We're excited to present Gold Diggers as Volume 91 of Indiespensable.
"Gold Diggers is a knock-out—a hilarious send-up of the immigrant pressure to succeed and the challenges of growing up with a hyphenated identity in the American South. It’s also a devastating meditation on history, love, grief, wealth, and familial bonds. Whether you want to laugh or cry, meet ghosts, plan a heist, or live forever, you can find what you’re looking for in these sparkling pages." — Maria Kuznetsova, author of Oksana, Behave!
"What a dynamic and exciting debut! Sathian builds such an inviting world of layers and times, all knit together by voice, vibrant imagery and palpable groundedness. A total delight." — Aimee Bender, author of The Butterfly Lampshade
"Gold Diggers takes a wincingly hilarious coming-of-age story, laces it with magical realism and a trace of satire, and creates a world that's both achingly familiar and marvelously inventive....This is a dizzyingly original, fiercely funny, deeply wise novel about the seductive powers — and dangers — of borrowed ambition." — Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere