`Superb. She had me at page one'
Chris Cleave, author of Everyone Brave is Forgiven
`It's the artful pleating of this subtle, psychologically astute novel that sets it apart' DAILY MAIL
The kaleidoscopic story of one woman as seen through the eyes of those she has loved or been loved by.
In gemlike chapters, nine characters illuminate an unknowable woman. From the school art teacher who sees a spark of talent in her, to the man whose fleeting passion with her could change his life, to the female student whose friendship turns into love. This kaleidoscopic novella builds a life with colour, with light and dark, and in turn asks the reader: How does the world see you?
The Nine-Chambered Heart is a deeply affecting, luminous and fine-boned novel that explores the nature of intimacy and how each connection you make forms who you are.
Janice Pariat's debut collection of short stories, Boats on Land (2012), won her the Sahitya Akademi Young Writer Award 2013 and a Crossword Book Award for Fiction. Her first novel, Seahorse, was published in 2014 and was shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Literature 2015. She has lived in London and Turin and is currently based in New Delhi.