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The Radiance of a Thousand Suns

Winner | Book Awards 2020 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

The Radiance of a Thousand Suns

Author: Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
Publisher: Harper Collins India

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

Niki's determination to complete her dead father's unfinished book, his life's work, takes her from India to New York City where her pursuit of a mysterious immigrant woman turns into an obsession that begins to imperil her daughter, her marriage, and, eventually, Niki herself. When a blizzard blankets NYC, Niki finds herself on a path where the present and past collide violently. Propulsive and poetic, this elegant literary thriller melds the fervour of Punjab with the frenzy of New York. Spanning the cataclysms of Partition and 9/11, via the brutality of Emergency and the pogrom of 1984, the novel explores the impossible choices women are forced to make in the face of violence, the ties that connect them across ages, and the secrets they store. Interweaving the epic Mahabharata, the poetry of Bulleh Shah, and the legend of Heer, The Radiance of a Thousand Suns is a novel about the mythic and the intimate, about stories on tapestry and mobs that recur, about home and love and history and those heartbreaking moments when they all come crashing together.

About the Author: 

Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is an award-winning writer of four books, including the critically-acclaimed The Long Walk Home.


Excellent read stitching two significant events the partition and the 1984 riots together. Makes me appreciate all the significant women that in my life.., --By Jose P. on June 30, 2019

Literature is a mirror of the society. Radiance of a thousand Suns does a great job of showing us the society warts and all. The story stretches from pre-partition days in India to the current day, from Lahore and Delhi to New York. It s a story of four women Biji, Nooran, Roop and Niki through different points in their lives and the horrific price they pay as they deal with events beyond their control, brought onto to them by the tide of history. As I read, I grieved for Roop, celebrated Nooran s life and empathized with Nikki as the story propelled them through the events. For India and Pakistan, the Partition is the unfinished business which still scars the nations. One hopes that a new generation with no memories of Partition could move ahead. But these are stories that have been passed through blood, memories that have been implanted and till the people take a serious look and understand what happened, it will keep deep grip on the national psyche. Radiance of a Thousand Suns is an important step in getting there. War is a man s business. Women are assets to be owned, to be protected or destroyed - whether it is the ancient epic of Mahabharath or Illiad, modern day events of partition, riots of 1984 or even in Kosovo. It is the women who pay a disproportionate human price This is a book that entertains as well as pries open your mind to look beyond the veil of apathy. Elie Wiesel said, The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. This is a book that will help me be less indifferent, to love more and live more! --By Sastry Rachakonda on July 20, 2019

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