Random House Trade Paperbacks Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line Random House Trade Paperbacks Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
Random House Trade Paperbacks Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line Random House Trade Paperbacks Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

By Deepa Anappara


Publication Date: May 11, 2021

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Discover the debut novel that “announces the arrival of a literary supernova” (The New York Times Book Review),“a drama of childhood that is as wild as it is intimate” (Chigozie Obioma).

In a sprawling Indian city, three friends venture into the most dangerous corners to find their missing classmate….

Down market lanes crammed with people, dogs, and rickshaws, past stalls that smell of cardamom and sizzling oil, below a smoggy sky that doesn’t let through a single blade of sunlight, and all the way at the end of the Purple metro line lies a jumble of tin-roofed homes where nine-year-old Jai lives with his family. When a classmate goes missing, Jai decides to turn detective and find him. But what begins as a game turns sinister as other children start disappearing from their neighborhood. As the disappearances edge ever closer to home, the lives of Jai and his friends will never be the same again.Drawing on real incidents and a spate of disappearances in metropolitan India, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line captures the fierce warmth, resilience, and bravery that can emerge in times of trouble and carries the reader headlong into a community that, once encountered, is impossible to forget.

Story Locale: North India

Publication History: Random House HC (2/20)

About the Author

Deepa Anappara grew up in Kerala, southern India, and worked as a journalist in cities including Mumbai and Delhi. Her reports on the impact of poverty and religious violence on the education of children won the Developing Asia Journalism Awards, the Every Human has Rights Media Awards, and the Sanskriti-Prabha Dutt Fellowship in Journalism. A partial of her debut novel, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, won the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, the Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award, and the Bridport/Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where she is currently studying for a PhD on a CHASE doctoral fellowship.

Author Residence: Essex, UK

Author Hometown: Kerala, India

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Publication Date: May 11, 2021

ISBN: 9780593129289

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