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A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor
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Nov 24, 2015 | ISBN 9780804171335

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“A fiery, incandescent debut [that] artfully captures the perilous desires of a woman alone in New Delhi. Kapoor’s novel smolders with submerged rage, pain, abandonment and erotic desire. . . . Promises great things to come.” The Huffington Post

“A dark, hypnotic story.” —Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life

“Searing…. The story of a young woman’s hunger to be free…. Intoxicating.” The New York Times Book Review

“[Kapoor] writes with a keening, furious sorrow that rang in my ears well after I finished the book.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
“Marguerite Duras meets new India.” —

“Captivating . . . A Bad Character echoes Nabokov’s Lolita with a story about the sexual initiation of a young woman, but offers a female perspective, one that doesn’t pull any punches. . . . Literary voices like Kapoor’s . . . are now more crucial than ever.” The Rumpus

“Spellbinding: Here is a novel about sex, about drugs, about a city on the brink of awe-inspiring and terrible change.” —Nell Freudenberger, author of The Newlyweds

“India, once again. Its dark underbelly—flashing images of poverty and squalor, corruption and drugs and, above all, battered lives . . . Here’s a young woman, named Deepti Kapoor, picking up where the others have left off, adding something here (a female protagonist), subtracting something there (sentiment), splashing into our lives like the beginning of the monsoon hitting Delhi’s streets. And the irony of it all? By the last page you have to ask yourself who is the bad character of her title: the unnamed female narrator, or the man whose life she believes she has unpacked so carefully.” Counterpunch

“A stylishly written, powerfully moving love story. . . . What Twilight in Delhi is to the 20th century Indian novel, A Bad Character is to the 21st: the essence of India’s corrupt capital, brilliantly and darkly distilled. This is a remarkable debut from a major new talent.” —William Dalrymple, author of The Last Mughal

“Riveting . . . Kapoor’s debut novel is a coming-of-age tale as complex, gritty and frankly terrifying as Delhi, the city that forms its backdrop.” Bustle

“An intimate, raw exploration of [a] profound transformation.”Booklist

“Sharply told.” Largehearted Boy

“Haunting . . . . A beguiling, hallucinatory experience, at once unsettling and intimate. . . . A Bad Character is an astounding book: read it with the scent of diesel in your nostrils and red dust in your mouth.” The New Indian Express

“A poignant and impressionistic portrait of the end of adolescence and a changing world.”The Telegraph (London)

“Impressive in its . . . evocation of a dazzling, dangerous cityscape.”Kirkus

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