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The Archer (Compact Disc)

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By Shruti Swamy, Sneha Mathan (Read by)
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In Bombay in the 1960s and 1970s, young Vidya falls in love with the music and power of Kathak dance. Though she knows the constrictions of her gender and class, Vidya wants to be a dancer, to live alone and focus wholly on her dance, even as she also fears her own desires. Shruti Swamy is a powerhouse writer, and in this novel her prose is forceful but controlled, shot through with a core of stillness, like the dance she describes. Dynamic and gorgeously written, this novel about duty, freedom, and desire is captivating and affecting. Audie loves!

— Audie

September 2021 Indie Next List

The Archer is the story of a young Indian woman who longs to be a classical dancer — to feel that rhythm, to have that as her life focus — yet is continually buffeted by her choices and those made for her.”
— Becky Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA


Kiese Laymon called Shruti Swamy's debut book of stories, A House Is a Body, one of the greatest short story collections of the 2020s. Now, Swamy brings us an accomplished and immersive coming-of-age novel set in the Bombay of the 1960s and 1970s. As a child, Vidya exists to serve her family, watch over her younger brother, and make sense of a motherless world. One day she catches sight of a class where the students are learning Kathak, a precise, dazzling form of dance that requires the utmost discipline and focus. Kathak quickly becomes the organizing principle of Vidya's life, even as she leaves home for college, falls in love with her best friend, and battles demands on her time, her future, and her body. Can Vidya give herself over to her art and also be a wife in Bombay's carefully delineated society? Can she shed the legacy of her own imperfect, unknowable mother? Must she, herself, also become a mother? Intensely lyrical and deeply sensual, with writing as rhythmically mesmerizing as Kathak itself, The Archer is about the transformative power of art and the possibilities that love can open when we're ready.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781665110914
ISBN-10: 1665110910
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Language: English
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