MILK TEETH by Amrita Mahale
(The first novel of Westland’s Context imprint)
Amrita Mahale is an aeronautic engineer by profession, from IIT Bombay and Stanford University, a department topper and also the only woman in her class, who took a two and a half year sabbatical to work on her debut novel, Milk Teeth.
Mahale faced rejection from 13 literary agents before she landed an offer straight from Westland.
Milk Teeth is a novel has Bombay at its heart, a city that has been most chronicled of all Indian cities. It is set in the 1990s when India’s economical liberalisation were turning points in the life of a young nation, in ways that are profoundly good and bad. The book is also a reminder of why the landmark judgement of SC’s reading down of Section 377 of IPC was so essential.
Mahale is an exciting new voice in Indian fiction. She has a great ear for nuances of class and caste, and of writing up a city in all its many facets.
The novel, now titled Milk Teeth, went through many names: ‘Amoeba, Inkblot’, ‘The Middlings’, ‘Common Ground’. It started as a short story first, then became a novella, and then turned into a full-fledged novel around mid-2014.
Release date: 22 Nov 2018 | Publisher: Westland | Imprint: Context | Price: INR 599 | Pages: 320