Partitions by Amit Majmudar
A Novel

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A stunning first novel, set during the violent 1947 partition of India, about uprooted children and their journeys to safety

As India is rent into two nations, communal violence breaks out on both sides of the new border and streaming hordes of refugees flee from blood and chaos.

At an overrun train station, Shankar and Keshav, twin Hindu boys, lose sight of their mother and join the human mass to go in search of her. A young Sikh girl, Simran Kaur, has run away from her father, who would rather poison his daughter than see her defiled. And Ibrahim Masud, an elderly Muslim doctor driven from the town of his birth, limps toward the new Muslim state of Pakistan, rediscovering on the way his role as a healer. As the displaced face a variety of horrors, this unlikely quartet comes together, defying every rule of self-preservation to forge a future of hope.

A dramatic, luminous story of families and nations broken and formed, Partitions introduces an extraordinary novelist who writes with the force and lyricism of poetry.


 

About Amit Majmudar

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Amit Majmudar is the author of Partitions, chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best debut novels of 2011 and by Booklist as one of the year's ten best works of historical fiction. His poetry has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Best American Poetry 2011. A radiologist, he lives in Columbus, Ohio.
 
Published June 21, 2011 by Metropolitan Books. 225 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He’s not the only one: A Sikh bus driver, a farmer and a prostitute all risk their lives to help others, “reminded…of a lost, golden past, before the invention of borders, when [kindness was] possible.” Each character must grapple with the choice between kindness and cruelty, and the otherworldly...

May 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Partitions: A Novel

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Poet Majmudar's unconvincing debut novel portrays the partition of India through the lives of two young brothers, a Muslim doctor, and a young, religious Sikh girl whose father tries to poison her rather than let her fall prey to marauders.

Apr 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Partitions: A Novel

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We mostly follow four people: twin Hindu boys (the sons of the deceased narrator) who have become separated from their mother and, caught in what has become Pakistan, must cross alone into India;

Jul 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Partitions: A Novel

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An award-winning poet, Amit Majmudar made his full-length novel debut this year with Partitions, a beautifully written and confrontational portrayal of the 1947 partition of India.

Jun 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Partitions: A Novel

Historical Novel Society

The story is a compelling narrative that moves with cadence, sometimes tender, sometimes terrifying, beginning in confusion, but ultimately hopeful.

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Boston.com

Don’t let it touch the bag, don’t let it touch his sleeve or pantleg.’’ A young girl named Uma, captured by young criminals who intend to sell her: She “has come along passively, used to being handled.

Jul 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Partitions: A Novel

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As the displaced face a variety of horrors, this unlikely quartet comes together, defying every rule of self-preservation to forge a future of hope.A dramatic, luminous story of families and nations broken and formed, Partitions introduces an extraordinary novelist who writes with t...

Jun 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Partitions: A Novel

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