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A People's History of Heaven

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A People's History of Heaven

In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. Marginalized women, they are determined to transcend their surroundings.

When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.

Elegant, poetic and vibrant, A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN takes a clear-eyed look at adversity and geography --- and dazzles in its depiction of these women’s fierceness and determination not just to survive, but to triumph.

A People's History of Heaven
by Mathangi Subramanian

  • Publication Date: January 14, 2020
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • ISBN-10: 1643750429
  • ISBN-13: 9781643750422