Happy Saturday and welcome to my stop on the A People’s History of Heaven blog tour!! I’m so excited to shine a spotlight on this great book today! Read on to find out more about A People’s History of Heaven and Mathangi Subramanian!
A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian
Published on March 19, 2019 by Algonquin Books
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
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Heaven is a thirty-year-old slum hidden between brand-new, high-rise apartment buildings and technology incubators in contemporary Bangalore. In this tight-knit community, five girls on the cusp of womanhood-a politically driven graffiti artist; a transgender Christian convert; a blind girl who loves to dance; and the queer daughter of a hijabi union leader-forge an unbreakable bond.
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 love and female friendship.
Mathangi Subramanian is an award winning writer, author, and educator. A former public school teacher, senior policy analyst for the New York City Council, and assistant vice president at Sesame Workshop, Mathangi Subramanian’s work has appeared in The Washington Post.com, Ms. Magazine Digital, Zora Magazine, Al Jazeera America, Quartz, The Hindu, The Wire, The Indian Express, and the Seal Press anthology Click! When We Knew We Were Feminists, among others.
She has received various fellowships, including a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholarship, a Jacob Javits Fellowship, and an Office of Policy and Research Fellowship from Columbia Teachers College, where she completed her doctorate in communications and education in 2010.
In 2019, her novel A People’s History of Heaven was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and named a Skipping Stones Honor Book.
In 2016, she won the South Asia Book Award for her novel Dear Mrs. Naidu.
In 2015, her short story Banu the Builder won the Middle Grades category of the 2015 Katherine O. Paterson Prize, and her short story Half Wild was shortlisted for the Out of Print-DNA short fiction contest. In 2016, her short story Perfectly Clear was awarded an honorable mention in the Reynolds Prize for Fiction.