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Charis welcomes Deepa Varadarajan in conversation with Zoe Fishman for a celebration of Late Bloomers: A Novel. An Indian American family is turned upside down when the parents split up thirty-six years into their arranged marriage in this witty, big-hearted debut.
After thirty-six years of a dutiful but unhappy arranged marriage, recently divorced Suresh and Lata Raman find themselves starting new paths in life. Suresh is trying to navigate the world of online dating on a website that caters to Indians and is striking out at every turn—until he meets a mysterious, devastatingly attractive younger woman who seems to be smitten with him. Lata is enjoying her newfound independence, but she's caught off guard when a professor in his early sixties starts to flirt with her.
Meanwhile, Suresh and Lata's daughter, Priya, thinks her father's online pursuits are distasteful even as she embarks upon a clandestine affair of her own. And their son, Nikesh, pretends at a seemingly perfect marriage with his law-firm colleague and their young son, but hides the truth of what his relationship really entails. Over the course of three weeks in August, the whole family will uncover one another's secrets, confront the limits of love and loyalty, and explore life's second chances.
Charming, funny, and moving, Late Bloomers introduces a delightful new voice in fiction with the story of four individuals trying to understand how to be happy in their own lives—and as a family.
Deepa Varadarajan lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children. She is a legal academic and a graduate of Yale Law School. She grew up in Texas and received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her short fiction has appeared in The Georgia Review and Colorado Review, and her legal scholarship has appeared in The Yale Law Journal and many other publications. Late Bloomers is her first novel.
Zoe Fishman is the 2020 Georgia Author of the Year. She is the bestselling author of six novels, the most recent of which is The Fun Widow’s Book Tour, a People Magazine Best Book. She’s received several awards including Booklist’s “Top 10 Books of the Year” and an IndieNext Pick. She’s been featured on “City Lights” with Lois Reitzes, “Friends and Fiction” with Patti Callahan Henry, and in Publisher’s Weekly and The Atlanta Jewish Times among others. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, Literary Hub, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and Modern Loss. Zoe teaches writing at Intown Writers ATL and lives in Decatur with her two sons and a shorkie named Oreo.
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