A Novel

Amit Majmudar


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"Unforgettable." --Boston Globe
As India is rent into two nations with the creation of Pakistan, communal violence breaks out on both sides of the new border and streaming hordes of refugees flee from blood and chaos.
At an overrun train station, Shankar and Kenshav, twin Hindu boys, lose sight of their mother and go in search of her. A young Sikh girl, Simran Kaur, has run away from her father who would rather poison her than see her defiled. And Ibrahim Masud, an elderly Muslim doctor, limps toward the new Muslim state of Pakistan, rediscovering on the way his role as a healer. A dramatic, luminous story of families and nations broken and formed, Partitions, "written with piercing beauty, alive with moral passion and sorrowful insight, [is] a rueful masterpiece" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

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I know only three people in this infinitude. Two boys: one in a dark blue kurta with tiny golden beads embroidered around the collar, the other in a bright green one with silver beads, matching. Keshav is wearing the blue, Shankar the green. These are their favorite colors and these their best, most precious clothes, worn only twice, both times to weddings in Lahore.

I know these boys and the woman whose hands they are holding. A few hours ago, when the stray dogs took up a brittle, pulse-steady barking throughout the city, she gave the boys the choice, the trunk thrown

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Praise for Partitions

“A superb fiction debut ... particularly welcome. This novel will make you angry and sad, as it should; it will also leave you with a heightened sense of sympathy and hope for all people on both sides of an arbitrary border.”
—The Wall Street Journal

—The Boston Globe

—New York Post

“Shimmering prose... and a poignant surprise ending.”
—The Seattle Times

“This first-time novelist has helped us to travel that brief but crucial distance, from words on the page to dreams in our minds and hearts, and made this bitter, brutal time somehow reachable.”
NPR, All Things Considered

“Eloquently shares its author’s humane insights… A worldly meditation on the violence that occurs because of the necessary yet artificial partitions between individuals.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“A dazzling narrative... Amit Majmudar’s exceptional debut brilliantly captures India at its most turbulent.”
—Daily Mail (UK)

“A greatly human dramatization of the persecution each religious group experienced at the hands of the others... Poignant but never maudlin.”
—Booklist (starred review)

“Magnificent... Written with piercing beauty, alive with moral passion and sorrowful insight—a rueful masterpiece.”
—Kirkus (starred review)

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PARTITIONS by Amit MajmudarKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of PARTITIONS . In his magnificent first novel, poet Majmudar (<em>O&deg;, O&deg;<em>, 2009) embodies the terrible days following the partition of India and Pakistan in the stories of four refugees from sectarian violence.
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Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar is a diagnostic nuclear radiologist and an award-winning poet whose work has been featured in The Best American Poetry 2007. His first poetry collection, 0°, 0°, was published in 2009, and a novella, Azazel, was serialized in The Kenyon Review. Partitions is his first full-length novel. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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A Novel
Amit Majmudar

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
July 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250007629
ISBN10: 1250007623
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages

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Metropolitan Books
June 2011
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ISBN: 9781429972765
ISBN10: 1429972769
224 pages

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