“Displacement emotional or geographical is a predicament of our times. We are more interconnected yet lonelier than ever.”
– Reshma Ruia,
Kitaab, 4 January 2017
“It is not ‘good’ or ‘bad’ that interests me as a writer, but the murkiness of human experience and the consistent imperfections of our lives.”
– Elizabeth Strout
New novel – Still Lives, published by Renard Press. Out now.
“This is your must-read book for the summer.” – Selma Carvalho
The novel is a multi-cultural family saga about betrayal, love and belonging. It is set in Manchester and it explores a man’s desire for love and fulfilment and his need to weigh it against family loyalties and expectations of the society around him. It portrays the arc of an entire lifetime, not just the tug of the past, but also the pull towards a better-imagined future. The story is about a family slowly falling apart, but it also provides a twist on the conventional immigrant story, by challenging assumptions regarding identity, assimilation and what it means to be old and still be consumed by fires.
“Compelling characters, fantastic prose, sexy, funny and wise.”
– Heidi James
‘’Such a wise, human novel about belonging, dreams and disappointments. The Malik family-PK, Geeta and Amar, felt so real, and so broken, I read the last part with my heart in my mouth. It’s one of those novels that leaves you bereft, like you really need to talk about what happened.’’
– Emily Devane
“Read through first 100 pages of Reshma Ruia’s book and am absolutely loving it. Have not come across such beautifully observed British Asian fiction in a very long time. Make this one a best seller.”
– Selma Carvalho
A peripatetic childhood that spans India, Italy, France and Britain. Reshma Ruia is at home nowhere and everywhere, a magpie, cherry-picking facts and fables from every culture and society. It’s what writers do – everything is material. They are scavengers and creators. Their roots are portable. Their imagination infinite.
She has a PhD and Masters (Distinction) in Creative Writing and Critical Thought from Manchester University and postgraduate (Distinction) and undergraduate degrees from the London School of Economics.
Born in India, but brought up in Italy, her narrative portrays the inherent tensions and preoccupations of those who possess a multiple sense of belonging.
She is Fiction Editor of Jaggerylit.com.
Guest Book Reviewer Words of Colour.
Decades: Compiling the Ultimate Library with Reshma Ruia. It was a challenge to only pick one book per decade from five consecutive decades. There were so many that had to be left behind!
Reshma Ruia, the UN Economist – turned Writer
– Asian Voice, 3 November 2014