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We That Are Young

A Novel
Narrated by: Benaifer Mirza
Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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When a billionaire hotelier and political operator attempts to pit his three daughters against one another, a brutal struggle for primacy begins in this modern-day take on Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Set in contemporary India, where rich men are gods while farmers starve and water is fast running out, We That Are Young is a story about power, status, and the love of a megalomaniac father. A searing exploration of human fallibility, Preti Taneja’s remarkable novel reveals the fragility of the human heart - and its inevitable breaking point.

©2017 Preti Taneja (P)2018 Random House Audio

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"Extraordinary. That rare thing - a genuinely new voice. Spellbinding. It does what all the best novels do. It expands the possibilities of the form." (Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)

"Preti Taneja has packed her debut novel with so much insight and feeling for contemporary India that her sentences seem to spill out as if from an overstuffed bag. It’s a marvel that she was able to pack in so much (plot, atmosphere, social observation, you name it) while sustaining such propulsive energy over the course of nearly 500 pages, and yet she manages to the last. The overall effect is dizzying, dazzling, and ultimately convincing and immersive." (Eugenia Williamson, Boston Globe)

"Every now and then, a writer grabs you in the first paragraph and doesn’t let go. Such is the case with Taneja, whose stunning debut brings with familial jealousy, sexual tension, political turmoil, and shocking violence.... Taneja writes with passion and verve.... Highly recommended." (Sally Bissell, Library Journal)

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The story is very confusing unless perhaps you are already intimate with the subject.

While I work and converses with native speakers of India on a daily basis the accent of the narrator is challenging to understand.

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