The AutHer Awards 2024: Best of Fiction from Indian Woman Authors

The ‘Women AutHer Award’, a collaboration between JK Paper and The Times of India, celebrates the best of literature from Indian Women Authors. Aiming to bridge the gender gap in literary readership and recognition, the awards recognise outstanding novels, biographies, and children’s books written by Indian women. And so by extension, to read any one of these authors is to participate in this worthy celebration while simultaneously expanding our consumption of remarkable contemporary Indian Writing. 

History’s Angel by Anjum Hasan

Dive into contemporary Delhi with Hasan’s captivating latest, “History’s Angel.” Alif, a history teacher, finds solace in the past while navigating the complexities of modern life. This poignant tale, laced with dark humour and sharp observations, explores themes of resilience, hope, and the enduring impact of history on our present. Praised for its sensitive portrayal of contemporary India’s social tensions, “History’s Angel” is a must-read for those seeking a thought-provoking and deeply moving story.

Fear and Lovely by Anjana Appachana

A brilliant title for an even better novel, Appachana’s “Fear and Lovely” takes you to 1970s Delhi in all its charm and grime. Meet Mallika, a young woman grappling with crippling shyness and a hidden family secret. As she navigates love, loss, and a personal crisis, secrets unravel, forcing those around her to confront their own truths. This poignant story, told through multiple perspectives, explores themes of memory, trauma, mental illness and the power of facing our fears, making “Fear and Lovely” a must-read for anyone seeking a complex and emotionally resonant tale.

The East Indian: A Novel by Dr. Brinda Charry

Longlisted for the 2023 JCB Prize for Literature, Dr. Brinda Charry’s “The East Indian” takes us to the variegated experiences of colonialism, specifically the rich and long history of the indentured labourers of the 1600s. Taking titular character Tony, abducted and launched into the New World from the coast of the Indian subcontinent, Charry explores the distinct realities of indentured labourers as they were forcefully transported to more than an easy hop-skip-and-jump from home– in Virginia’s plantations. A life of displacement and hardship, Tony’s journey is one of resilience, cultural exchange, and the pursuit of a dream. This debut novel brings a fresh perspective to American history, making it a must-read for anyone who enjoys coming-of-age tales and hidden historical gems.

Mad Sisters of Esi by Tashan Mehta

In “Mad Sisters of Esi,” Myung and Laleh, guardians within a colossal, fantastical whale, yearn for different realities. While Laleh finds solace in their established world, Myung craves adventure, leading her to escape and embark on a transformative journey across unique landscapes. This captivating tale by Tashan Mehta blends elements of fantasy, science fiction, and mythology, offering a captivating exploration of identity, memory, and the power of storytelling.

The Laughter by Sonora Jha

In “The Laughter,” Sonora Jha delves into the unsettling world of Dr. Oliver Harding, a discontented professor whose life is shaken by the arrival of Ruhaba Khan, a brilliant new colleague. This captivating novel explores themes of privilege, prejudice, and the complexities of human connection. Prepare to be challenged by Jha’s unflinching portrayal of contemporary academia and the dangerous consequences of unchecked bias.

Termite Fry by Zai Whitaker

Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, “Termite Fry” follows the Irular people, whose livelihood revolves around hunting snakes and selling their skins. When the snakeskin trade is abruptly banned, the community faces a devastating loss. But through the eyes of young Thenee and her family, we witness their brilliant resilience and resourcefulness as they navigate a changing world, confronting both external challenges and cunning opportunists. Tracing three-generations worth of history and communal memory, this captivating tale not only offers a glimpse into a unique culture and its deep connection to nature, but also showcases the full breadth of the Wildlife Protection Act and its impact on the tribesmen of Tamil Nadu.

The Gallery by Manju Kapur

In Manju Kapur’s “The Gallery,” two families – one affluent, one working class – navigate the complexities of life in modern-day Delhi. Through the interconnected stories of Minal, the wife of a successful lawyer, and Maitreyi, the domestic worker in their home, the novel explores themes of independence, identity, and the yearning for self-expression. Spanning three decades and weaving between Delhi and Nepal, “The Gallery” offers a nuanced and captivating look at the challenges and triumphs faced by women as they strive to find their place in the world. This captivating novel is lauded for its insightful portrayal of female experiences, its exploration of social divides, and its beautifully rendered prose.

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