Sunday, 9 May 2021

Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar

An incredible novel about conflicted motherhood/womanhood, inherited trauma/madness/memories, the unreliability of memory and experience, the need and urge to cling to that which is destructive for us, social norms and pretending, visibility/invisibility, art (primarily drawing) as recollection/documentation/interpretation/transformation/forgetting and much more. 

An honest, extraordinary, relatable, and troubling story that forces the reader (and narrator) to live with a lack of clarity and strong hold on reality as generations—mothers and daughters—are merged and bisected time and again in efforts to unite and link as well as separate and distinguish.

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