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The Daughters of Madurai

Happy Pub Day! I’m excited to bring you THE DAUGHTERS OF MADURAI by Rajasree Variyar Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book

The Daughters of Madurai book cover


Author: Rajasree Variyar

Pub. Date: February 28, 2023

Publisher: Union Square & Co.

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 336

Buy it: Amazon (blog books)

Find it: Goodreads

The Daughters of Madurai is both a page-turning mystery and a heartrending story of the fraught family dynamics and desperate choices that face a young mother in India. Spanning 1990s South India and present-day Australia, the novel follows Janani, a mother who will do anything to save her unborn daughter, and Nila, a young woman who embarks on a life-changing journey of self-discovery.

Madurai, 1992

A young mother in a poor family, Janani is told she is useless if she can’t produce a son—or worse, if she bears daughters. They let her keep her first baby girl, but the rest are taken away as soon as they are born, and murdered. But Janani can’t forget the daughters she was never allowed to love . . .

Sydney, 2019

Nila has a secret; one she’s been keeping from her parents for too long. Before she can say anything, her grandfather in India falls ill, so she agrees to join her parents on a trip to Madurai. Nila knows little about where her family came from or who they left behind. What she’s about to learn will change her forever.

While The Daughters of Madurai explores the harrowing issue of female infanticide, it’s also a universal story about the bond between mothers and daughters, the strength of women, the power of love in overcoming all obstacles—and the secrets we must keep to protect the ones we hold dear.

Fans of historical and contemporary fiction novels about India such as Alka Joshi’s The Henna Artist from the Jaipur Trilogy and Thrity Umrigar’s The Space Between Us, as well as Kristin Hannah’s books exploring sisterhood and mother-daughter relationships will enjoy Variyar’s poignant debut. This extraordinary work of fiction tells a story that deserves to be read and discussed for years to come.

A story of heartbreaking tragedy and the love it takes to survive. It will turn your emotions inside out and then wring them for good measure.

About the Author

Rajasree Variyar is an author and short story writer born in Bangalore and raised in Sydney. Her short stories won second prize in the Shooter Literary Magazine short story competition and were longlisted for the Brick Lane Bookshop short story competition. The Daughters of Madurai is Variyar’s debut novel, inspired by a childhood memory of a news segment about a case of female infanticide in her birthplace of Bangalore—and her experience spending time with a grassroots charity in Madurai empowering women and educating girls and boys to help eradicate the practice. A marathoner and self-described history nerd, she lives in London.

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The Daughters of Madurai Giveaway

1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE DAUGHTERS OF MADURAI, US Only.

Ends March 7th, midnight EST.

Enter here and best of luck to you!

Tour Schedule for The Daughters of Madurai

Week One:

2/20/2023A Dream Within A Dream
2/21/2023The Girl Who Reads
2/22/2023The Litt Librarian
2/23/2023The Erudite Labyrinth 
2/24/2023A Blue Box Full of Books

Week Two:


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