Devi Laskar: The Atlas of Reds and Blues at Georgia Center for the Book

Thursday February 7, 2019 07:15 PM EST
Cost: Free,

From the venue:

Join Charis Books and the Georgia Center for the Book in welcoming author Devi Laskar to celebrate her new Atlanta-based novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Decatur Library auditorium. Devi will sign books after the reading. 

About the Atlas of Reds and Blues:

When a womanknown only as Mothermoves her family from Atlanta to its wealthy suburbs, she discovers that neither the times nor the people have changed since her childhood in a small Southern town. Despite the intervening decades, Mother is met with the same questions: Where are you from? No, where are you really from? The American-born daughter of Bengali immigrants, she finds that her answerHereis never enough.

Mother's simmering anger breaks through one morning, when, during a violent and unfounded police raid on her home, she finally refuses to be complacent. As she lies bleeding from a gunshot wound, her thoughts race from childhood games with her sister and visits to cousins in India, to her time in the newsroom before having her three daughters, to the early days of her relationship with a husband who now spends more time flying business class than at home.

The Atlas of Reds and Blues grapples with the complexities of the second-generation American experience, what it means to be a woman of color in the workplace, and a sister, a wife, and a mother to daughters in today's America. Drawing inspiration from the author's own terrifying experience of a raid on her home, Devi S. Laskar's debut novel explores, in exquisite, lyrical prose, an alternate reality that might have been.

Event address: 

Decatur Library

215 Sycamore St.

Decatur, GA 30030

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Atlanta, GA 30030
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