'By turns fizzy and funny, poignant and sad, A Mirror Made of Rain is an acute, intensely readable exploration of hurt and resilience.' - Namita Gokhale
A Mirror Made of Rain is a devastating coming-of-age novel about the wounds of inherited trauma. Noomi Wadia, a bright, quick-tempered young woman with a penchant for getting into trouble, struggles with the fraught relationship she has with her mother. She grows from a lonely, wild-hearted teenager to a troubled adult who finds love but not happiness. Soon, Noomi realizes that her worst fears have come to pass - she is trapped in the same cycle of self-destructiveness as her mother, and she must battle her impulses or risk losing everything. Naheed Phiroze Patel's astonishing debut brings alive a world and characters that are complex and breathtakingly real, and portrays with honesty and empathy the darkness that addiction and mental illness cast over a family.
'Naheed Patel paints a delicate and ironic portrait of small-town India as seen through the rueful and self-ironizing eyes of a young Parsi who will not make a grab for the brass ring.'
- Jerry Pinto, author of Em and the Big Hoom and The Loves of Yuri
'Patel's sharp, glittering prose powerfully reveals the raw underbelly of a damaged family in this terrific debut.'
- Mahesh Rao, author of Polite Society
'A Mirror Made of Rain is luminous - a blistering and unflinching commentary on family, love, pain, addiction and destruction. We are lucky to have Naheed Patel writing.'
- Diksha Basu, author of Destination Wedding
'A personal, empathetic view on mothers who society has deemed 'failures'" ? NPR Book of the Day
'The writing is sharp, beautiful, very evocative. The characters pop off the page and are instantly recognizable. Noomi is so achingly human and alive. I love the subtlety of Patel's hand in the way she depicts Noomi and her world in Mirror Made of Rain. Everything feels so lush and gorgeous as the story at the heart of the novel emerges and eventually coheres to devastating effect.' ?Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life and Filthy Animals
"A piercing, glittering reflection on familial trauma and addiction, Patel's writing is sharp as the shards of a smashed mirror." -Doireann NÌ? GhrÌ?ofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat
|Title:||AMIRROR MADE OF RAIN|
|Author:||Naheed Phiroze Patel|
Naheed Phiroze Patel received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University's School of the Arts. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, HuffPost, The Rumpus, Scroll.in, New England Review, BOMB Magazine, EuropeNow Journal, PEN America, and elsewhere. She lives in the greater New York City area and works as a freelance essayist, interviewer and critic.