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Co-Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize 2020 (English, Fiction)
Shortlisted for the 2019 Singapore Book Awards (Best Literary Work)
Finalist for the 2017 Epigram Books Fiction Prize
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It is 1944 in India and Nimita Khosla yearns to attend university to become an engineer, but her parents want a different life for her. As she accepts her fate and marries, religious upheaval is splitting the country and forcing her family to find a new home.
In 2014, her granddaughter, molecular biologist Nimita Sachdev, escapes India to run away from the prospect of an arranged marriage. Staking out a future in Singapore, she faces rising anger against immigrants and uncertainty about her new home.
Two generations apart, these two women walk divergent paths but face the same quandaries: who are we, and what is home?
“Nimita’s Place weaves a dual narrative about a central pair of richly-drawn protagonists with similar names but separate timelines; transitioning ambitiously between India and Singapore to express a tender interconnectedness that simultaneously reveals their differences as well as the commonality of their hopes and dreams across time and space.”
—Cyril Wong, Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2017 Judge and author of Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me
"Reading Nimita’s Place feels a little like moving in to a new house ... the parallel narratives seen through the eyes of both protagonists present worlds that are initially unfamiliar, yet places that Akshita eases us into, to the point we want to call it home. "
Akshita Nanda was born in Pune, India in 1979 and has lived in Singapore since 1995. She has a BSc (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and knows what to do with radioactive viruses. She has been in publishing since 2002 and joined The Straits Times in 2007, where she currently writes about the arts. Nimita’s Place is her first novel.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 464
Year Published: 2018
Size: 152mm x 225mm