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Jul 09, 2024 | ISBN 9780593654644

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“A powerful tale of mothers and daughters that spans India across generations, A Thousand Times Before by Asha Thanki beautifully illustrates the ripple effect our choices make.”Real Simple

“Glorious prose creates a grand…sweep of facts, fantasy, and intriguing characters.” Kirkus

“Spanning three generations, Asha Thanki’s captivating debut explores the legacies mothers pass on to their daughters–and the complicated responsibilities that accompany them. A Thousand Times Before is a rich family saga about art and memory’s power to inform the present, make peace with the past, and maybe even alter the future.” — Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Our Missing Hearts

“In expertly crafted prose, Thanki reinvents generational memory, conjuring inheritance as a tapestry of love, trauma, and choices that echo through blood. The memories within wormed their way under my skin and made me reflect about the collective of past lives that reside within all of us. A profoundly tender and complex debut that I didn’t want to put down.” — Sequoia Nagamatsu, bestselling author of How High We Go in the Dark

“Asha Thanki’s compelling debut speaks to themes of loss, connection, inheritance and agency. Centering on a beautiful tapestry and a generations-old secret, the story showcases the legacies of these enduring mothers and daughters.”Ms. Magazine

“Utilizing art as a theme, Thanki successfully builds an engrossing and often-heartbreaking tale…Thanki is a new voice to definitely keep an eye on.” — Library Journal, *starred review*

“A sweeping, emotionally powerful tale set against a backdrop of geopolitical strife, a novel about nothing less than self-determination, national identity and ancestral traumas.”The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“With tender lyricism, A Thousand Times Before takes us on a profound and intricately woven journey of matrilineal inheritance. What do we gain and lose when the past and present intertwine, and the future can be written, and how do live with the life, love, and regrets of all those who came before? A story of fate, and the remaking of destiny, as the larger forces of history try, but fail to break the brave women in Asha Thanki’s story.”— Vanessa Chan, author of international bestseller The Storm We Made

“[A] powerful debut novel…Thanki’s narrative brims with sensory detail: the flavors of mithai (sweets) in Amla’s father’s shop; the taste of chaash (buttermilk); the vivid colors of saris and dupattas worn by women and girls. Thanki also writes evocatively of Amla’s loneliness, her longing for Fiza, and the difficulty of bridging the gap caused by distance and new experiences. Evocative, sweeping, and intimate, A Thousand Times Before explores Indian politics, the different ways to love a person, and the complexities of family: what we inherit, what we build for ourselves, and what we choose to keep.”Shelf Awareness

A Thousand Times Before marks the arrival of a major new author. Thanki weaves a passionate portrayal of the stories mothers pass down through generations as well as the power of story to change our futures. This beautifully written generational epic features compelling characters, a propulsive plot, and readers will be reluctant to leave these women behind.” — Maurice Carlos Ruffin, author of The American Daughters and The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You

“In a debut as powerful as it is tender, Asha Thanki sculpts an unforgettable story of art, love, family, and home. A Thousand Times Before offers a luminous vision of history, one you’ll want to return to again and again. Follow this book’s brave generations of heroines wrestling with fate and politics, and you’ll appreciate not only the power of Thanki’s imagination, but also the possibilities of your own.” — V. V. Ganeshananthan, author of Brotherless Night

“Asha Thanki’s A Thousand Times Before is a tremendous debut with deeply interesting characters. It’s a rare book that can delve so deeply and honestly into the complicated layers of love, power, motherhood, and obligation and still leave readers with a sense of optimism and hope. Beautiful!”—Megan Giddings, author of The Women Could Fly

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