Booktalk: Debut Novelist Sanjena Sathian’s “Gold Diggers”

“A floundering second-generation teen growing up in Atlanta’s suburbs, Neil Narayan doesn’t have the same drive as everyone around him. His parents’ expectations for him are high, but he just wants his neighbor Anita Dayal.
But Anita has a secret: she and her mother, Anjali, have been brewing an ancient alchemical potion from stolen gold that transfers the ambition of the jewelry’s original owner to the drinker. Anita needs just a little boost to get into Harvard, but when Neil – who needs much more – joins in the plot, events spiral into a tragedy that rips their community apart.”

Sanjena Sathian’s debut novel, Gold Diggers, introduces readers to an Indian American community in a suburb of Atlanta.

Like the author herself, many of the book’s characters were born in the US into immigrant families. As the story unfolds, high achievement is the expected norm and the families’ version of the American Dream often proves unrealistic.

Follow Sathian on @sanjenasathian

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