Arun Sood Reads from New Skin for the Old Ceremony
From Damian Barr’s Literary Salon Podcast
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New Skin for the Old Ceremony is a novel by Scottish-Indian author Arun Sood that tells the story of four estranged friends, reunited for a motorcycle trip up the Isle of Skye. They hope to reconcile how their lives have splintered since a transformative road trip in Northern India fourteen years earlier.
It’s a novel about youth, the spectres of friendship, and colonial legacies spanning India and Scotland, exorcising past ghosts to face the present. Not to mention a nod to the music of Leonard Cohen – what more could you want from a book?
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