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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
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Deepa Anappara grew up in Kerala, southern India, and worked as a journalist in cities including Mumbai and Delhi. Her reports on the impact of poverty and religious violence on the education of children won a Developing Asia Journalism Award, an Every Human has Rights Media Award, and a Sanskriti-Prabha Dutt Fellowship in Journalism. A portion of her debut novel, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, won the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize, the Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award, and the Bridport/Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award. She has an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she is currently studying for a Ph.D. on a CHASE doctoral fellowship.

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"Warning: If you begin reading the book in the morning, don't expect to get anything done the rest of the day. . . . In Jai, Anappara has created a boy vivid in his humanity, one whose voice somersaults on the page. . . . Her storytelling genius, it might be assumed, must be rooted in her reporter's eye for detail. But that handy formula misses the heat and mystery of what Anappara creates."-The New York Times Book Review

"[Jai's] remarkable voice retains a stubborn lightness, a will to believe in the possibility of deliverance in this fallen world."-The Washington Post

"A brilliant debut."-Ian McEwan

"Storytelling at its best-not just sympathetic, vivid, and beautifully detailed, but completely assured and deft . . . We care about these characters from the first page and our concern for them is richly repaid."-Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering

"A stunningly original tale . . . I stayed up late every night until I finished, reluctant to part from Deepa Anappara's heart-stealing characters."-Etaf Rum, New York Times bestselling author of A Woman Is No Man

"[An] entrancing novel . . . full of humor, warmth, and heartbreak . . . Anappara paints all of her characters, even the lost ones, with deep empathy, and her prose is winningly exuberant. . . . Engaging characters, bright wit, and compelling storytelling make a tale that's bleak at its core profoundly moving."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A model of verisimilitude . . . [Jai] comes to life on the page to live on in readers' memories."-Booklist

"[Anappara's] bright, propulsive prose . . . only accentuates the seriousness of her subject: the disappearance of children from villages in India, a real-life issue give intimate treatment here."-Library Journal

"
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
is a moving and confident novel about the preciousness of life. The storytelling is distinctive and immersive."-Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant

"Deepa Anappara is a writer of considerable talent. This is a wonderful, energetic book filled with humour and pathos. Charming, sensitive and deeply moving."-Nathan Filer, Costa Book Award -winning author of The Shock of the Fall

"The children at the heart of this story will stay with you long after you turn the last page . . . A wonderful debut."-Christie Watson, bestselling author of The Language of Kindness

"A magnificent achievement: the endeavours of the Djinn Patrol offer us a captivating world of wit, warmth and heartbreak, beautifully crafted through a child's unique perspective."-Mahesh Rao, author of Polite Society

"Extraordinarily good, deeply moving and thought provoking with brilliant characterization . . . A very important book."-Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

"A profoundly emphatic work of creative genius that will stay with you forever."-Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing

"A richly textured rendition of a world little seen in Indian literature . . . There is no desire to smooth and tidy in fiction what is untidy in life, but instead there is a payoff for the reader in a story that is as quietly troubling as it is convincing."-Mridula Koshy, author of If It Is Sweet

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