Local Writer Sujata Massey Discusses Her New Novel at The Ivy, Thursday, Sept. 12

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Local writer and former Sun reporter Sujata Massey, author of the award-winning Rei Shimura series, will discuss her new novel, a love story set during the political and cultural upheaval of late Raj India at The Ivy Bookshop on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00.

About the Book

The term “sleeping dictionary” was coined for young Indian women who slept with British men and educated them in the ways of India. Set between 1925 and the end of World War II, The Sleeping Dictionary is the story of Kamala, born to a peasant family in West Bengal, who makes her way to Calcutta in the 1930s. Haunted by a forbidden love, she is caught between the raging independence movement and the British colonial society she finds herself inhabiting. This portrait of late Raj India is both a saga and a passionate love story.

About the Author

Sujata Massey is an Edgar and Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee and winner of the Agatha and the Macavity Award for her 10 Rei Shimura mystery novels set in Japan. Born in England to an Indian father and a German mother, Sujata Massey grew up mostly in the United States and earned her BA from the Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars program. She then worked as a reporter at The Baltimore Sun before marrying and moving to Japan. She now lives in Baltimore with her husband and children.

Meet Sujata Massey at The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Ivy Bookshop website.



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