YA Historical Fiction about India and the Indian Diaspora

Editor and author Sandhya Nankani writes a brilliant article in the August issue of Multicultural Review about five new young adult novels covering the history of India and Indians in the diaspora:
  • Anila's Journey by Mary Finn (late 18th century) / Candlewick
  • Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth (1920s, the rise of Gandhi) / Hyperion
  • Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman (1940s, India's Independence) / Penguin
  • Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji (1970s, ethnic cleansing in Uganda) / Front Street
  • Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins (1970s, Indira Gandhi era) / Random House
Full disclosure: Sandhya liked my Secret Keeper. She also asked Fran├žoise Bui, my editor at Delacorte, why we cut an entire half of the first draft of novel, and got a very interesting answer.


Rising Tide: The Boom in Historical Fiction About India and the Indian Diaspora