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Can'T A Novel

Release date: 5 February 2024
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In an unnamed town lives Nena—surely one of the world’s greatest eccentrics. Water burns her skin... Read More

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In an unnamed town lives Nena—surely one of the world’s greatest eccentrics. Water burns her skin, to the extent that she can neither drink it nor bathe in it; she survives on ‘water capsules’ and does her ablutions with a mix of herbs and plants. She speaks several languages and still grieves about the books that were her childhood companions—that her heartless brother had thrown into the river. And she exults in telling stories about her late husband’s affairs—with a laughter that precludes sympathy.

Then, in her seventies, she embarks on a journey to track down all her husband’s lovers. The narrator, a boy of seventeen, whom she calls Tata (though that is not his real name) accompanies her on this mission. By journey’s end, he has learnt the most startling truth about her—what it is that she can’t do—and what it led her to do.

Laced with humour and a raw wisdom about life, Shinie Antony’s lyrical prose turns this strangely compelling story into a believable fantasy.


Product Details

Title: Can'T A Novel
Author: Shinie Antony
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
SKU: BK0486666
EAN: 9789354476600
Number Of Pages: 160
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 5 February 2024

About Author

Shinie Antony is a writer and editor based in Bengaluru. Her novels include The Girl Who Couldn’t Love, The Story of Lilith, When Mira Went Forth and Multiplied, and A Kingdom for his Love. Her short story collections are Barefoot and Pregnant and The Orphanage for Words, and she has also edited the anthologies Boo, Why We Don’t Talk and An Unsuitable Woman. Cofounder of the Bangalore Literature Festival and director of the Bengaluru Poetry Festival, her story A Dog’s Death won the Commonwealth Short Story Asia prize in 2002. Her columns appear in The Times of India, The New Indian Express and CNBC.

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