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Jul 16, 2024 | ISBN 9780593727430

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“Zara Chowdhary is the Indian Muslim literary voice we have been waiting for. She brilliantly, heartbreakingly depicts the perilous status of the world’s third largest Muslim population, in what is supposed to be the world’s largest democracy. Easily the best memoir coming out of South Asia in recent years, The Lucky Ones is essential reading for anyone who loves great writing, told true and straight as an arrow to the heart.”—Suketu Mehta, author of Pulitzer Finalist Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found

The Lucky Ones is proof that it is in the voice of a minority population that a nation is revealed.  Nobody knows a country better, nobody fights more fiercely for what is good in it, nobody has a greater stake, nobody has more profound ownership.”—Kiran Desai, Booker Prize winning author of The Inheritance of Loss

“A warning, thrown to the world, and a stunning debut—Chowdhary is a much-needed new voice.”—Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

“An astonishing feat of storytelling, an urgent reckoning with a past that feels all too present, and a moving ode to the women in her family, Chowdhary’s memoir is one that should and will haunt you.”—Nicole Chung, author of A Living Remedy

“History may be written by the winners, but that is one reason it can never tell the truth, not all of it. The Lucky Ones by Zara Chowdhary is a lacerating, gorgeous, unsettling recuperation of national memory from the forces of oblivion. She uncovers its roots and reveals, with shocking hope, what a vision for grace and kindness in the future may be. This book is a stunning achievement, beautiful and wise and visionary.”—Kazim Ali, author of Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water

The Lucky Ones is a necessary, deep reckoning with history, identity, and violence. This memoir will break your heart and then repair it.”—Beth Nguyen, author of Owner of a Lonely Heart

The Lucky Ones is hauntingly beautiful, intimately portraying how a family survived the Gujarati massacre in 2002 and how everyday and systemic racism led to the targeted killing of Muslims. Blending lyrical writing and investigative reports, this is a necessary read—especially in these times of Islamophobia and genocide.”—Lamya H, author of Hijab Butch Blues

The Lucky Ones is an act of urgent political witness, a refusal to allow the brutalities of twenty years ago to be forgotten—and repeated—today.”—Tessa Hulls, author of Feeding Ghosts

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