Burnt Sugar

Burnt Sugar

In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her loveless marriage to join an ashram, endured a brief stint as a beggar (mostly to spite her affluent parents), and spent years chasing after a dishevelled, homeless 'artist' - all with her young child in tow. Now she is forgetting things, mixing up her maid's wages and leaving the gas on all night, and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her.

This is a love story and a story about betrayal. But not between lovers - between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar unpicks the slippery, choking cord of memory and myth that binds two women together, making and unmaking them endlessly.

Title:Burnt Sugar
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780241441510
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    Burnt Sugar Reviews

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    DNFed at page 95/268. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020. Maybe I don't care anymore for book awards. This book is disgusting. The writing pace and style is fine, easy to get into and simple. But i...

  • Candi

    “Human degeneration halts and sputters but doesn’t reverse.”I suspect I read this at a bad time - when I’m already fairly disgusted with a large portion of the population; dispirited about the...

  • Gumble's Yard

    Now longlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize.I read the book following its earlier shortlisting for the 2020 Booker Prize and based on that did not feel the book had the coherency to be a worthy Booker w...

  • Prerna (on semi-hiatus)

    Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020.DNFed at 45%.I cannot go on with this farce so full of caricature like depictions of human relationships, Indians and Western hippies anymore. I cannot read anoth...

  • Meike

    Now Nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 Avni Doshi's debut is a feminist novel set in modern-day India that ponders motherhood and the change of roles...

  • AnnaLuce

    Burnt Sugar is one of the worst books I've read in 2020. If you were able to appreciate this novel, I'm glad. This may be one of those 'it's me, not you' cases...or maybe I've read too many stories ex...

  • Emily B

    2.5 rounded up (Listened to the audiobook)I was disappointed considering this book was shortlisted for the Booker prize. I found the character unbelievable and unrelatable. So much of it could have be...

  • Eric Anderson

    Can a child ever really know their mother and can a mother ever really know her child? Though we're made to feel there should be a natural, inextricable bond here it's seldom ever so simple. It certai...

  • Hugh

    Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 - I am quite pleased to see India represented.Longlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize for FictionAn intense and sometimes funny study of mother-daughter relationshi...

  • Trudie

    This book and I failed to find that magic reader: writer chemistry. I can't say if it was the evil-looking succulent on the lilac cover that did it - I certainly have a visceral dislike to looking at ...