Sleeping on Jupiter

Sleeping on Jupiter

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, a novel about violence, love, and religion in modern India

On a train bound for the seaside town of Jarmuli, known for its temples, three elderly women meet a young documentary filmmaker named Nomi, whose braided hair, tattoos, and foreign air set her apart. At a brief stop en route, the women witness a sudden assault on Nomi that leaves her stranded as the train pulls away.

Later in Jarmuli, among pilgrims, priests, and ashrams, the women disembark only to find that Nomi has managed to arrive on her own. What is someone like her, clearly not a worshipper, doing in this remote place? Over the next five days, the women live out their long-planned dream of a holiday together; their temple guide pursues a forbidden love; and Nomi is joined by a photographer to scout locations for a documentary. As their lives overlap and collide, Nomi's past comes into focus, and the serene surface of the town is punctured by violence and abuse as Jarmuli is revealed as a place with a long, dark history that transforms all who encounter it. A haunting, vibrant novel that was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and short-listed for the Hindu Literary Prize, Anuradha Roy's Sleeping on Jupiter is a brilliantly told story of contemporary India from an internationally acclaimed writer.

Publisher: Minneapolis, MN :, Graywolf Press,, 2016, c2015
ISBN: 9781555977511
Branch Call Number: FIC Roy
Characteristics: 250 pages


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Jul 27, 2020

I have read her other books and loved them, but this book had child sexual abuse back to back with a gay male character lusting after an adolescent, it skeeved me out too much to keep reading.

Jun 30, 2018

Excellent book well worth reading for anyone open to exploring the culture completely different from ours.

Nov 16, 2017

In an understated way, Roy tackles the issues of sexual abuse of children, violence against women and misogyny in this story of an orphaned girl who, haunted by early events in her life, returns to India as an adult to explore her past. The novel is very well-written and easy to read despite its themes.

Dec 04, 2016

The set of of the story centers around Nomi who was taken into an evil Ashram, orphaned and abused. The author adds three senior women on a last trip together, and Suraj who accompanies Nomi later in life as she retraces the past. Somehow I thought the characters were to find a commonality and that the end would bring it all together. It didn't. I kept thinking I missed something. Disappointing.

Oct 15, 2016

I totally agree with the previous review. At the end, if you can call it that, I thought I was missing something. Some very good parts but this book left me unsatisfied.

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