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DesiLit Book Club

Who We Are
DesiLit book club is a local group that formed in 2005. We bring together individuals who enjoy reading and discussing books written by South Asian authors and/or about the South Asian experience.
 
What We Read
To view the complete list of titles discussed by DesiLit, visit DesiLit.org and scroll to the bottom for information about the DesiLit book club.
 

When We Meet

Monthly.
 

How to Join

Visit DesiLit.org and scroll to the bottom. There you will find a link to our mailing list and a link to our e-mail address.

You may also send inqueries to Sital Shah at sitals@usa.net.
 

Facebook Group

https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/desilitbookclubchicago/discussion/preview/

Website

www.desilit.org

Contact

SitalShah, sitals@usa.net

2024

February - Bangalore Detectives Club by Harini Nagendra

2023

January- The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev.

February- All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy.

March- The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi.

April- Honor by Thrity Umrigar.

June- Love Marriage by Monica Ali.

~Summer Break~

September- Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

October- The Candid Life of Meena Dave by Namrata Patel.

NovemberThe Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid.

PAST SELECTIONS have included:

Sari Shop by Rupa Bujwa, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, In Other Rooms Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin, Animal's People by Indra Sinha, Invisible Lives by Anjali Banerjee, Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh, The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri, City of Djinns by William Dalrymple, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni, Love Marriage by V. V. Ganeshananathan, Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal, The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall,A Convent of Little Flowers by Indu Sundaresan,The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan, The Writing on My Forehead by Nafisa Haji, The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattachary,  Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry, 2 States by Chetan Bhagat, Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje, The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah, Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie, Everything Was Goodbye by Gurjinder Basran, Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil, A Deconstructed Heart by Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed (author in attendance!), The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri, Hindi-Bindi Club by Monica Prahdan, The Illicit Happiness of Other People by Manu Joseph, Miss Timmins' School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy, River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh, Quarantine by Rahul Mehta, Point of Return by Siddhartha Deb, American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar, The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais, Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Salaam Love by Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu, City of Devi by Manil Suri, The Lost Pearl by Lara Zubieri, Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga, The Blind Man's Garden by Nadeem Aslam, Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna, The Mountain of Light by Indy Sunderasan, The Newlyweds by Neil FredenbergerAtlas of Unknowns by Tania James 

To view the complete list of titles discussed by DesiLit, visit DesiLit.org and scroll to the bottom for information about the DesiLit book club.

2020

October- The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal
September- Silence of the Chagos by Shenaz Patel
July- The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by Amulya Malladi
June- The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey
February- Tamarind Woman by Anita Rau Badami
January- A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

 

2019

December-
November- The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
October- The Ministry of Utmost Happines by Arundhati Roy
September-
AugustState of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee
JulyWindfall by Diksha Bashu
JuneI am Executioner by Rajeesh Parameswaran
May-  The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
April-  The Widows of Malabar Hill  by Sujata Massey
March-  A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
FebruaryThe Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Bedani
January Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
2018
November Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
October Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekarah
August No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal
July - The Copenhagen Affair by Amulya Malladi
June - The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
May -  One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Kamila Shamsie
April -  Selection Day by Aravind Adiga
March -  A Season for Martyrs by Bina Shah
February -  A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
January - Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan
2017
DecemberExit West by Mohsin Hamid
NovemberThe Wildlings by Nilanjana Roy
AugustFlood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

AprilThe Golden Son
 by Shilpa Somaya Gowda
MarchOur Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif
 
2016
DecOde to Broken Things by Dipika Mukherjee
OctBetween Clay and Dust by Musharraf Ali Farooqi
June Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
May The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James
AprilThe Leaving of Things by Jay Antani
MarchIsland of a Thousand Mirrors by Naoymi Munaweera
FebruaryA Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
JanuaryA Bad Characterby Deepti Kapoor
2015 
NovemberA Cut-Like Wound by Anita Nair
October - Sleep Walker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob
August - The Invitation by Anne Cherian
July - Noor by Sorraya Khan
June - How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
May - Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali
April - Romantics by Pankaj Mishra
March - Family Life by Akhil Sharma
February - Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel  
January - The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Paperback Fiction

House That Horror Built
By: Henry, Christina
Kairos
By: Erpenbeck, Jenny
Honey Witch
By: Shields, Sydney J
You May Now Kill the Bride
By: Weston, Kate
Long After We Are Gone
By: Shelton Harris, Terah
Serpent & the Wings of Night
By: Broadbent, Carissa
How to Kill a Guy in Ten Ways
By: Kellman, Eve
Death Valley
By: Broder, Melissa
Tiananmen Square
By: Wen, Lai

Hardcover Non-Fiction

Somehow
By: Lamott, Anne
Demon of Unrest
By: Larson, Erik
Swans of Harlem
By: Valby, Karen
Race to the Future
By: St Clair, Kassia
Infernal Machine
By: Johnson, Steven
Amphibious Soul
By: Foster, Craig
Rebel Girl
By: Hanna, Kathleen
When You See My Mother Ask Her to Dance
By: Baez, Joan
Coming Home
By: Burford, Michelle

Hardcover Fiction

Funny Story
Author: Henry, Emily
All Fours
Author: July, Miranda
Blue Ruin
Author: Kunzru, Hari
Body Farm
Author: Geni, Abby
This Strange Eventful History
Author: Messud, Claire
When Among Crows
Author: Roth, Veronica
Red Grove
Author: Fontaine, Tessa
Ministry of Time
Author: Bradley, Kaliane
Long Island
Author: Toibin, Colm