The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy
A Novel

75%

20 Critic Reviews

. . .occasionally slow going but her musical writing and strong imagery compensate, and individual moments sparkle.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2011 MAN ASIAN LITERARY PRIZE

SHORTLISTED FOR THE HINDU LITERARY PRIZE FOR BEST FICTION 2011

WITH HER DEBUT NOVEL, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, Anuradha Roy’s exquisite storytelling instantly won readers’ hearts around the world, and the novel was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and The Seattle Times.

Now, Roy has returned with another masterpiece that is already earning international prize attention, an evocative and deeply moving tale of a young woman making a new life for herself amid the foothills of the Himalaya. Desperate to leave a private tragedy behind, Maya abandons herself to the rhythms of the little village, where people coexist peacefully with nature. But all is not as it seems, and she soon learns that no refuge is remote enough to keep out the modern world. When power-hungry politicians threaten her beloved mountain community, Maya finds herself caught between the life she left behind and the new home she is determined to protect.

Elegiac, witty, and profound by turns, and with a tender love story at its core, The Folded Earth brims with the same genius and love of language that made An Atlas of Impossible Longing an international success and confirms Anuradha Roy as a major new literary talent.
 

About Anuradha Roy

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Anuradha Roy is the author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing, which has been published in sixteen countries and named by World Literature Today as one of the sixty most essential books on modern India. She lives in India.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Free Press. 292 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Folded Earth
All: 20 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

Despite an occasional sense of drift, this understated, finely observed book expresses a haunting vision.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jan 30 2012

. . .occasionally slow going but her musical writing and strong imagery compensate, and individual moments sparkle.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Andrea Thompson on Jun 01 2012

The novel’s one weakness is its culminating revelation (and its consequences), which feels strangely insignificant. . .

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Tabish Khair on Feb 18 2011

Roy manages to make a fresh and appetising dish from the usual ingredients.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by Robin Leggett

. . .while her characters are often larger than life, she never goes too far to make them mere caricatures.

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Mail Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Silverman on Feb 03 2011

Roy isn’t quite as skilled at creating ­tension, but her prose is so tight with life that it doesn’t seem to matter.

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The National

Excellent
Reviewed by Ed Lake on Feb 18 2011

. . .a ramshackle but beguiling series of scenes of life in Ranikhet. . .

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Red Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Victoria Cooper on Apr 02 2012

Reading this book is like going into a dream, so poetic and evocative is Anuradha Roy's prose.

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Daily Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Irfan Zafar on May 15 2012

The novel, written in gentle perfection, is poetic, elegiac and comic.

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Outlook India

Excellent
Reviewed by Manju Kak on Apr 25 2011

. . .Roy unravels the small-town terrain with certitude.

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Minding Spot

Good
May 30 2012

. . .an emotional journey that shouldn't be missed this summer!

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Stargazerpuj's Book Blog

Good
on Mar 27 2014

The strong characters and plot make this a very poignant and memorable read, making it a worthy follower to An Atlas of Impossible Longing.

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Iris on Books

Below average
Reviewed by Iris on Mar 17 2012

. . .almost every character introduced receives a back story. . .But having such a fast character set, I at times lost a sense of where my focus should be, as a reader.

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ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Hill on Jan 10 2012

This is a very fine book indeed and I plan to seek out Roy’s first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing’.

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Literary Inklings

Good
Reviewed by Casee Marie on Jun 07 2012

Roy took subjects that every reader will be at home with. . .and. . .folded them into a place that readers might find to be, culturally, a bit new.

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The Cyberlibrarian Reads

Good
Reviewed by Miriam Downey on May 11 2012

The plot takes too long to establish itself, but the writing is so good that the reader is willing to forgive Roy that indulgence.

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Whispering Gums

Below average
Dec 16 2011

. . .when the true story comes out it’s neither surprising nor particularly powerful. . .

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Ponderings of an Author

Good
Reviewed by Brenda Youngerman on Apr 23 2012

If you love her first book you will certainly enjoy this one as well!

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The Long Walk Home

Below average
Reviewed by Manreet Someshwar on Apr 05 2012

The story ratchets to a sensationalist denouement that seems at odds with the rest of the novel.

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A Novel Approach

Below average
Reviewed by Matt Todd on Dec 06 2011

. . .characters and plot are messy, and fractured.

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