Go Back
Leila: A Novel, released August 2018
Author: Prayaag Akbar

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 978-9386797308
Pages: 224
Add to Booklist
Bookmark and Share
Winner of “TATA Literature Live” 1st book award (fiction). In a digitized city, sometime in the near future, as an obsession with purity escalates, walls come up dividing and confining communities. Behind the walls high civic order prevails. In the forgotten spaces between, where garbage gathers and disease festers, Shalini must search for Leila, the daughter she lost one tragic summer sixteen years ago. Skirting surveillance systems and thuggish Repeaters, Shalini once wealthy, with perhaps a wayward past; now a misfit, pushed to the margins is propelled only by her search. What follows is a story of longing, faith and most of all, loss. With its unflinching gaze on class, privilege and the choices that today confront us and its startling, almost prophetic vision of the world Leila announces Prayaag Akbar as a remarkable new voice in Indian fiction.