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Publisher's Summary

One of The Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021

Delhi, 1946.

Ma and Bappu are liberal intellectuals teaching at the local university. Their 14-year-old daughter - precocious, headstrong Alma - is soon to be married: Alma is mostly interested in her wedding shoes and in spinning stories for her beloved younger sister, Roop. 

Times are bad for girls in India. The long-awaited independence from British rule is heralding a new era of hope, but political unrest is brewing, threatening to unravel the rich tapestry of Delhi - a city where different cultures have co-existed for centuries.

When Partition happens and the British Raj is fractured overnight, this wonderful family is violently torn apart and its members are forced to find new ways to survive.

But the resilience of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing....

©2021 Melody Razak (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"I was utterly transported by Moth. Melody Razak takes us right to the heart and the heat of Partition-era Delhi - a fracturing city, a fracturing nation and a family attempting to hold themselves together when everything threatens to tear them apart. A stunning, powerful work by a brave new voice in British fiction." (Anna Hope, author of Expectations)

"Moth is a powerful and moving story of a liberal, Brahmin family caught up in the violence and social unrest of post-partition India. It is written with absolute fidelity to the small rituals of daily life, the allegiances and jealousies within families, and the huge and overwhelming forces of history. The writer's skill and sympathy are immense." (Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures)

"Powerful and heartbreaking." (Observer)

"I adored Moth: It's one of the best debuts I've ever read. It made my heart swell." (Sarah Winman)

"Heartbreaking and heart-warming.... The character portrayal is so intricate that as the plot twists and turns, you'll truly care what happens to them."
(Independent)

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Gruesome

I couldn't finish this unfortunately. I was...I can't exactly say "enjoying" because of the often grim nature of the narrative, but I was thoroughly absorbed, mostly because of the excellent reading of the narrator.
However, while I was prepared for the atrocities committed during Partition, I was certainly not prepared for one of the storylines to be about incest, I just found this particularly graphic storyline too gross to listen to so couldn't finish.

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  • 08-26-21

I really enjoyed this book, it kept me guessing. .

The reader was really good and gave the book justice. I would recommend it

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  • 07-29-21

A little disappointing

I heard Melody talk on the ABC and she was so interesting and easy to listen to. She made me want to buy her book as she fascinated me about India and their traditions and the way she talked about it. I could have listened to her for hours. I thought the book would be on the same track. It was to me disappointing. I think I was expecting a factual type of story not about ghouls? in friends tummies.