Friday, March 05, 2010

What is Sujatha Hampton reading?

The current featured contributor at Writer's Read: Sujatha Hampton, author of the debut novel As It Was Written.

Her entry begins:
Right now, honestly, I am rereading my own novel, As It Was Written, for perhaps the millionth time. I’m looking for excerpts to read for various audiences. Some stuff is better left unread in certain venues. I’m doing some readings in schools; there are paragraphs I’d best not touch in front of the PTA.

But before this I was reading Theft by Peter Carey. I loved this book, and it was a fascinating discovery that I loved it despite the absolute fact that I was not particularly sympathetic with either of the main characters. The last novel I think I loved though I really didn’t find any one character likeable was...[read on]
Among the early praise for As It Was Written:
"This rich, lush family drama is bound to appeal to readers who like their fiction imaginative and whimsical."
—Kristine Huntley, Booklist

"A thoroughly wonderful, absolutely engaging debut novel. From the first page to the last, I was captivated by the beautifully drawn characters, intricate plotting, and compelling storyline. Quite simply, once you enter the crazy, heartfelt, loving, magical world of Dr. Raman Nair and his five daughters, you will never want to leave."
—Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of FIREFLY LANE

"Lyrical, erotic and quite funny, As It Was Written isn't about a clash of cultures: it's about the meeting of powerful mythologies, which regard one another with wonder and suspicion and then, inevitably, begin to swirl together."
—Jincy Willett, author of THE WRITING CLASS

"A beautifully written novel, in turns comic and poignant, from a bold new writer with a distinctive voice and a joyously vast imagination."
—Roopa Farooki, author of BITTER SWEETS
Learn more about the book and author at Sujatha Hampton's website and the publisher's webpage for As It Was Written.

Writer's Read: Sujatha Hampton.

--Marshal Zeringue