The next Book Club from The Aerogram will feature Rumaan Alam‘s debut novel Rich and Pretty (Harper Collins, June 2016), about best friends Lauren and Sarah as they navigate the way friendships change, as our lives do. Novelist Mira Jacob says Rich and Pretty “is a complex testimony to the resilience of female friendship. With clarity and heart, Rumaan Alam brings to life the fraught, bewildering, and beautiful nuances that keep us reaching for each other over decades.”
With this new book being heralded as one of THE “beach” reads of the summer, I will discuss what exactly a beach read is, and what it means to read a novel about white people written by a South Asian author with the fabulous Minal Hajratwala, award-winning author of Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and the poetry collection Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment (The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective), and NPR celebrity and author Sandip Roy, whose book of stories Don’t Let Him Know is available now internationally.
We would love if you joined in the conversation. Rich and Pretty is available everywhere as a hardcover, and also on the Kindle store. Harper Collins is also offering a special 25 percent discount to The Aerogram Book Club readers. Enter the promo code “Aerogram” to receive this 25 percent discount at HarperCollins.com until July 8, 2016.
The discussion will be published on Monday June 27, which gives you plenty of time to read the book, hopefully on a beach somewhere.
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Neelanjana Banerjee’s arts journalism has appeared in Colorlines, Fiction Writers Review, HTML Giant, Hyphen, New America Media and more. She is the managing editor of Kaya Press, an editor-at-large for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and teaches writing through Writing Workshops Los Angeles.