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Dear Friends and Readers, Near and Far,

As I wrote in a story once, there IS a Bollywood Film Song for everything….


Take this one, yeah





It's a pleasure to announce the 'happy birthday' of


Love's Garden


An epic family saga of war, love, friendship, and sacrifice in twentieth-century India

during its fight against British rule… TANTARAAAHH!! On October 27, 2020



In conversation with me will be the fabulous INDIRA GANESAN, author of As Sweet as Honey (Vintage Books), The Journey (Beacon Press), and Inheritance (Knopf).



Available to pre-order at:


Aubade Publishing




Reviewers hail it as "wonderfully dense and wise," "gripping," and "a journey into India's complex past" and 'what women will do to protect those they love" -- an epic saga of Indian women living through a century of war and decolonization and Foreword Reviews, NetGalley Reviews;;


It is 1898. India is ruled by the British, and India's women are ruled by British masters as well as Indian men. A desperate young widow makes a tragic sacrifice to save herself from ultimate dishonor. She marries a stranger for security and shelter, but her damaged second family pays dearly for this Faustian bargain. Then, an extraordinary atonement and strange liaisons in politics and love — spanning the two world wars and the Indian independence movement — help her descendants heal from this traumatic private history. Love's Garden demonstrates the strength, resilience, and unbreakable spirit of mothers and daughters navigating layers of oppression, all while the sun is not-so-peacefully setting on British India.


Upcoming events, virtual, various, and, I'd claim, virtuous:



Reading from Love's Garden at Readings on the Pike, Dec 10, 2020, 7-8 PM, EST

Reading at the KGB Bar, New York City, Nov 15, 2020, 7-9 PM, EST

Reading from Love's Garden with special guest Jeannine Ouellette (The Part That Burns, Split Lip Press, 2021), November 1, 7:30 -- 8:30 PM EST (6:30 PM CST)

Book Launch at Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX, Oct 27, 2020, 7–8 PM, CST

Cambridge Writers Workshop and IEE Benefit Reading, July 24, 8-9 PM

The Great Indoors Reading Series, New York, June 19, 2020, 8-9 PM



The Great Indoors Reading Series



The Little Creative Interview with Scott Coon, author of Lost Helix