Fireflies in the Night, by Nalini Warriar

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Nalini Warriar lives in Napanee, Ontario (Canada). Her book Fireflies in the Night was notably the 2017 Winner of Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Learn more about the author, her book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Nalini Warriar spent her childhood in Assam and Mumbai. After spending a number of years in Heidelberg, Germany and Strassbourg, France, she moved to Canada, where she settled and still lives.

She worked as a molecular biologist before turning to writing.

Her first novel, The Enemy Within was published in 2005. A second edition was issued in 2017.

Nalini Warriar was the Winner of the 2002 QWF McAuslan Award for her first book, a collection of linked short stories Blues from the Malabar Coast.

Her latest novel, Fireflies in the Night was:

***Winner 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards***
***Finalist Foreword Best Indie Books 2016***
*Kirkus Reviews (Starred)*
**Featured Indie Review October 2016**
**Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Indie Books 2016**

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From the award winning short story writer of Blues from the Malabar Coast comes a novel about two sisters once bound by love and loyalty; a beautiful mother torn between tradition and love; a gentle and caring father who loves his girls but is caught in the middle, seduced by his wife’s sophistication. Set against the lush background of wild animals and tea estates of Assam, India, this story weaves through the 50’s and 60’s and the India-China confrontation of 1962. Assam transforms the close-knit family: the sisters are thrust apart and the sexually frustrated mother uses her powers to manipulate the father. The sisters have to come to terms that the ties that bind them are no more there.
‘Warriar’s richly textured and intense coming of age novel is a finely wrought family drama—‘ Kirkus Reviews (starred).
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  1. I received the book from a friend and I wondered whether I would be bored with such a middle-class Indian family story, but it was the opposite. I discovered a new culture through this interesting story. It includes tragedy and happiness, marriage and infidelity, and every aspect of life when growing up with traditional Indian expectations of duty. The author captures very well the essence of family interactions, whether they are positive and negative. I found the characters very likable. Finally, it proved to be a great book.

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