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November 1st - Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam

October 4th - All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva

September 6th - The Boat People by Sharon Bala

August 2nd - Karma and Other Stories by Rishi Reddi



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




November- The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

October- The Ministry of Utmost Happines by Arundhati Roy


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


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


DecemberExit West by Mohsin Hamid

NovemberThe Wildlings by Nilanjana Roy

AugustFlood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

April- The Golden Son
 by Shilpa Somaya Gowda

MarchOur Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif



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 Character, by Deepti Kapoor


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



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How To Join
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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 and scroll to the bottom for information about the DesiLit book club.

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 and scroll to the bottom for information about the DesiLit book club.





Sital Shah,



Karma and Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060898823
Availability: Special Order- EITHER on our shelves or available to order
Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2007

The Boat People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525432463
Availability: Backordered
Published: Anchor - December 4th, 2018

All the Names They Used for God: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525508687
Availability: Special Order- EITHER on our shelves or available to order
Published: The Dial Press - June 18th, 2019

Bright Lines: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143123132
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - August 11th, 2015

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