Oindrila Mukherjee has worked for India’s oldest English language newspaper The Statesman, attended university on three continents, and now teaches at Grand Valley State University. She recently published her debut novel The Dream Builders, which follows a woman returning to India following her mother’s death after living in the US for years. The numerous characters that narrate the novel are all fully realized and are incredible. Mikherjee has a keen grasp on building characters that will stay with readers for years to come.
Debutfiul had the author answer the recurring A Life of Books questionnaire so readers can get to know her better.
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Marisa Crane’s debut novel, I Keep My Exoskeletons To Myself, explores queer parenthood in a near-future dystopian America. In it, Kris is a new mother who is grieving the loss of her wife. She’s also a “Shadester,” a person who has been stripped of civil rights protections due to something she did in her past.
The novel is written in beautiful, vivid fragments that will leave a lump in your throat. Crane taps into their characters’ inner psyche with pitch perfect insight. There is a sense of very real realism in this very weird speculative work of fiction. I first read Crane’s book in August 2022 and I can say I have thought about it at least once a week. Exoskeletons will stay with readers long after the last page. It will haunt readers. It will change how readers think about parenthood, grief, and our country. It’s a must read for anyone looking for one of the best books of 2023.
I Keep My Exoskeletons To Myself is out now. You can read an excerpt from the book below.
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Kashana Cauley practiced law before cutting her teeth in the comedy world with The Today Show with Trevor Noah. She’s currently a writer for The Great North and has one of the funniest and most informative Twitter accounts in the game.
Her debut novel, The Survivalists, is a dark comedy about doomsday-preppers and falling in love. Debutiful asked Cauley a few questions via email so readers can get to know the hilarious writer and what her debut is all about.
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