Thirst

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Pub Date 05 Jun 2012 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2012

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Thirst is a captivating novel set on two continents--India and Europe--during World War Two. Against this backdrop of momentous upheaval and world-changing events, Shree Ghatage weaves a rich, intimate story about the many forms desire may take, especially for the young Indian couple at its heart: Vasanti, a lively and enchanting woman who has grown up sheltered from the world by her well-meaning father; and Baba, the wealthy, accomplished scion of a prominent Brahmin family. Thrown together into a marriage that neither has wished for, these two conflicted souls slowly learn to tolerate, grow fond of, and finally, passionately love each other.

As Ghatage, the award-winning author of Brahma's Dream, expertly unwinds her tale, she moves between the lushness of India and the sombre grey of London during the Blitz, gradually allowing the outside world to encroach upon the lovers and forcing us to reexamine our assumptions about them. In a shocking conclusion, Ghatage brilliantly reveals how the unruly forces of love and desire-and thirst of all kinds-can combine in large and small ways to utterly change a family's destiny.

SHREE GHATAGE is the author of the short story collection Awake When All the World is Asleep, which won the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and was shortlisted for several other awards, and the novel Brahma's Dream, a Kiriyama Notable Book. Ghatage and her family came to Canada in the early 1980s, spent several years in the Maritimes, and now live in Calgary, Alberta.

Please note that we will only grant requests to Canadian residents.

Thirst is a captivating novel set on two continents--India and Europe--during World War Two. Against this backdrop of...


Advance Praise

Praise for Brahma's Dream:

"Ghatage, with her strong unadorned prose, has a flair for the unconventional, empathetic point of view. . . . A powerful evocation of how history impinges on ordinary people." -The Gazette

"A quietly captivating, highly accomplished novel with a brave and enchanting girl at its heart." -The Globe and Mail

"Ghatage forcefully and often powerfully lays bare the hidden truths, the small joys, and large pains of ordinary life." - M.G. Vassanji

"Compelling, and next to impossible to put down." -Calgary Herald

"In delicate and searching prose, Ghatage uncovers the secret longings, disappointments, and fears of women and men who are a part of the modern world yet still bound to centuries-old customs and behaviour." -Publishers Weekly

"Ghatage has created a remarkable and truly memorable character in Mohini. . . . Ghatage has an exquisite ability to tell a moving story without descending into drama or maudlin." -The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax)

"[Brahma's Dream is] a sustained insight into the thoughts and fellings of a young girl. . . . A moving evocation of her courage and resilience in coming to terms with her invalid status."-Ottawa Citizen

Praise for Brahma's Dream:

"Ghatage, with her strong unadorned prose, has a flair for the unconventional, empathetic point of view. . . . A powerful evocation of how history impinges on...


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