YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR Buzz, Parties, Book Tour, and Virtual Visit Giveaway!

YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR (Macmillan | FSG) has received some exciting responses. On release day, which is thrilling enough, I heard that it was long-listed for the National Book AwardAlso, the book received a shout-out from Bustle starred reviews from Publishers WeeklyHorn BookSchool Library Journal, and Booklistand praise from Teen Vogue. EW picked it as one of the most anticipated young adult novels of 2017. Yay! Celebrate with me, friends.




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You Bring The Distant Near | Macmillan FSG | YA/Adult


★ "An unforgettable novel that spans decades and continents as it moves among three generations of Indian women, some new immigrants to the U.S., all struggling to bridge cultures ... Perkins’s vibrantly written exploration of a family in transition is saturated with romance, humor, and meaningful reflections on patriotism, blended cultures, and carving one’s own path. " — Publishers Weekly starred review 

★ "Full of sisterhood, diversity, and complex, strong women, this book will speak to readers as they will undoubtedly find a kindred spirit in at least one of the Das women." — Booklist starred review 

 "An ambitious narrative that illuminates past and present, departure and reunion, women and family." — Horn Book starred review


  "This stunning book about immigration and cultural assimilation is a must-purchase for teen and new adult collections." — School Library Journal starred review

The fully fleshed characters and complex family dynamics provide a vibrant background for exploration of multigenerational adaptation to a diverse America and of the familial and romantic love that nourishes their new roots. — Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"This ambitious multigenerational story of finding identity and acceptance is inspired by the author’s own experience as the youngest of three sisters who arrived in the United States in the 1970s. The exquisite narrative journeys across time and geography — from Ghana to London to Harlem — and crosses borders of love, faith, and culture."— Teen Vogue


"Features inspiring South Asian girl and women protagonists grappling with love, faith, and culture, as well as the intersections among their personal, communal, and national histories ... lushly drawn and emotionally resonant. ― Kirkus


Book Launch Parties!

You're invited to an East Coast book launch party on 9/24 at 2 p.m. at Newtonville Books in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, and a West Coast book launch party on 10/1 at 2 p.m. at Mrs. Dalloway's Books in Berkeley, California. Rumor has it that we might enjoy a brief Kathak dance demo and maybe even learn a few steps at both events.



Macmillan is sending three other authors and me on tour for a week October 3-8, 2017. The other authors are:
  • JENNIFER MATHIEU, author of Moxie, the story of an unlikely teenager who starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school.
  • ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE, author of Wild Beauty, a spellbinding tale of two characters who are drawn together by fate—and pulled apart by reality.
  • CALEB ROEHRIG, debut author of Last Seen Leaving, a powerful mystery about a boy who must uncover the truth about his missing girlfriend—and himself.
Come and see us if you're anywhere near these great destinations! 


Grandmother-Granddaughter Book Club Virtual Visit Giveaway!

I'm inviting bookstores, libraries, PTOs, and schools to launch a GRANDMOTHER-GRANDDAUGHTER BOOK CLUB to read this multi-generational novel. My hope is that the novel is sweet enough for sharing but deep enough for bonding.

I'm giving away THREE free virtual visits to a bookstore, library, or school, during which I'll visit your grandmother-granddaughter book club to chat, laugh, and answer questions. Email me for a discussion guide and to enter the giveaway.

You Bring the Distant Near | Songs for the Novel