Prajwal Parajuly has been hailed as a writer with talents of “considerable strength.” (The Guardian). Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, The Gurkha’s Daughter is a moving collection of short stories of the Nepali-speaking diaspora in India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Manhattan. Among the characters and stories that live in it are: a disfigured servant girl who plans to flee Nepal; a Kalimpong shopkeeper who faces an impossible dilemma; a Nepali-Bhutanese refugee who pins her hopes on the West; two young Nepali-speaking immigrants meet in Manhattan; and a Gurkha’s daughter who tries to comprehend her father’s dissatisfaction with her. Eye-opening, compassionate, and deeply-human, the stories of The Ghurka’s Daughter evoked a powerful realism and tenderness that reflects those very real places of the Nepalese diaspora that inspire Parajuly.
About the Author
Prajwal Parajuly, the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother, divides his time between New York and Oxford, England, but disappears to Gangtok, his hometown in the Indian Himalayas, at every opportunity. Parts of The Gurkha’s Daughter were written while he was a writer-in-residence at Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri.
Praise for The Gurkha's Daughter…
Praise for Prajwal Parajuly:
“A master at capturing, with great wit and humor, the day-to-day interactions between his characters.”—Manil Suri
“[Parajuly] is inventive and fresh, and it’s great to be reading fiction from and about a country that holds such an intrigue.”—Time Out Bejing
"The next big thing in South Asian fiction." —Anna McNamee, BBC World Service's The Strand
Praise for The Gurkha’s Daughter:
"Crisp, inventive and insightful . . . What gives Parajuly's characters warmth is an energy born of division or dispossession: a desire to be loved, to be better off, or to be elsewhere."—John Garth, The Guardian
"Eight beautifully written characters in neat stories that riff on displacement, perhaps but with wit and charm. . . . photo-real tales of modern movement."—Monocle magazine
"[An] accomplished debut . . . Though its recurring themes--the conflict between tradition and modernity; the squirming of the individual under the community's oppressive gaze--may be familiar, Parajuly's wry humour and deft handling of voice point to a distinctive talent."—David Evans, Financial Times
"Equally moving stories, the author takes us effortlessly inside the lives of the families in this remote ancient kingdom and its diaspora."—Christena Appleyard, Daily Mail