Early reviews have come in strong. In a starred review, Bridget Thoreson from Booklist wrote, “Trapped by her past and uncertain of her future, the peasant girl Kamala’s journey toward independence—personal and political—unfolds in this riveting novel… The Sleeping Dictionary, an utterly engrossing tale of love, espionage, betrayal and survival, is historical fiction at its best, accessible to all audiences.”
The book has also been nominated for the Indie Next list. Bookseller Linda Bond of Spokane, Washington’s landmark bookstore, Auntie’s, read an advance reviewers’ copy and wrote: “The history of India never ceases to amaze. The people, the caste system, the food and climate, all these factors are woven together in this tale of a young girl during the years framed by two World wars. Kamala is just one girl, orphaned by disaster, but she is a fighter and her rise within the British colonial society, after being a freedom fighter in Calcutta, is not at all common. You’ll applaud her ability to turn the tables on those who would use her, and her struggles with memories of love and the choices she must make.”
Saturday, March 8, 1 PM: International Women’s Literary Book Festival, a panel with with NoViolet Bulawayo and other authors, Pratt Central Library, Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD.
Sunday March 16, Harford County LIbrary, 2-3:30 PM: Sujata reads from and signs The Sleeping Dictionary at Harford County Library’s Bel Air Branch, 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Bel Air, MD, (410) 638-3151
Sunday March 29, 2:30 PM: Sujata discusses “The Adventure of Writing an International Novel” at Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Govans Branch, 5714 Bellona Ave, Baltimore.
Saturday April 5, 2:30 PM: Sujata will be on an author panel on “Writing the Immigrant Experience” followed by signing with thriller writer A.X. Ahmad. at the Annapolis Book Festival, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD.
May 2-4: Malice Domestic Mystery Convention, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda Maryland. Sujata will speak on a mystery author panel and sign books.