Author Conversation With Tanwi Nandini Islam And "Bright Lines"

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Tanwi Nandini's debut novel, "Bright Lines," is shortlisted for The Center for Fiction's Debut Novel Prize. A summary:

For as long as she can remember, Ella has longed to feel at home. Orphaned as a child after her parents’ murder in the aftermath of the Bangladesh Liberation War, Ella came to Brooklyn to live with the Saleem family: her uncle Anwar, aunt Hashi, and their daughter, Charu, from whom she couldn’t be more different. Ella has never felt entirely comfortable in her own body, and spends hours tending the garden behind the Saleems’ brownstone.

When Ella returns home from college one summer, she is surprised to discover Charu’s friend Maya—a local Islamic cleric’s runaway daughter—asleep in her bedroom. The two grow close, and suddenly Ella is forced to come to terms with her sexuality and the increasingly blurry line between friendship and love.

As the girls harbor their secrets, Anwar—owner of a popular neighborhood apothecary—has his own, one that threatens his thirty-year marriage. When tragedy strikes and the Saleems are blamed, it nearly tears apart the family. Ella, Charu, Anwar, and Hashi travel to Bangladesh to reckon with the past, their extended family, and each other.

Tanwi Nandini is a Brooklynite of Bangladeshi descent and a graduate of Brooklyn's MFA program. Her writing has appeared in Elle, and Billboard. Her debut novel has received advance praise from celebrated authors Jeffery Renard Allen and Kiese Laymon as well as press in Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, NPR and Publisher's Weekly. Shortlisted for The Center for Fiction's Debut Novel Prize.

Tarfia Faizullah will be in conversation with Tanwi at Pages Bookshop. Tarfia Faizullah is a Bangladeshi-American poet, editor, and educator. Tarfia is a professor at the University of Michigan. She received an MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the author of Seam (SIU 2014), which U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey calls “beautiful and necessary,” as well as Register of Eliminated Villages, (Graywolf 2017).
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