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Purple Lotus in the news!

Featured in Lithub: Conversation with G.P. Gottlieb on the New Books Network Podcast 

Moments with Marianne Podcast

The Unexpected Female Protagonist Podcast interview on Gabriela Pereira's diyMFA

There's Always Hope - Tangia Renee's That's What She Did podcast  


"A moving portrayal of one woman's journey from India to the American South in an arranged marriage, Rao's resonant novel is an ode to the value of personal dignity and the importance of being true to oneself that carries on long after the final chapter." - Newsweek magazine

"Touching on themes of abandonment, victimization and tradition, this novel is one of beauty and intimacy." - Ms. Magazine

Travel + Leisure Magazine's 20 Most-anticipated Books for Fall

"A moving and polished novel that highlights Rao’s literary promise..." - Kirkus Reviews

"This thoughtful, moving novel will appeal to readers who enjoy stories that explore the inner lives of women who are pushing against societal expectations." - Library Journal

"Rao’s strength in writing is her ability to maintain the mellow milieu even as she powerfully propagates empowerment..." - India Currents

"Rao’s prowess as a writer dazzles across the pages." - Khabar Magazine

 “A polished narrative of survival and empowerment!” – Jaggery Lit.

Breaking stereotypes: What a strong heroine should look like -

Hasty Book List September Roundup

The Uncorked Librarian: Hot September Titles

Bookstr: 8 New Books by Women of Color

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