Sleeping on Jupiter
Publisher: MacLehose Press, 2015
Pages: 252 pages
A train terminates at Jarmuli, a temple town by the sea. Here. Among pilgrims, priests and ashrams, three old women from the train encounter a girl with wild hair and sloppy clothes. What is someone like her doing in this remote corner, which attracts only worshippers?
Over the next few days, the women live out their dream of a holiday together; their temple guide finds ecstasy in forbidden love; and the girl is joined by a man battling his own demons.
As their lives overlap and collide, unexpected connections are revealed between devotion and violence, friendship and fear, and Jarmuli emerges as a place with a long, dark past that transforms all who encounter it.
Dutch, English India, UK, US, French, Italian, Polish
Winner of the DSC South Asia Prize, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for best fiction 2016, The Tata Book of the Year Award, 2015, Atta Galatta Bangalore Literature Festival Fiction Prize 2015