The Archer by Shruti Swamy, Read by Sneha Mathan
A Coming-Of-Age Novel Set in Bombay
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Narrator Sneha Mathan mesmerizes listeners with Shruti Swami’s The Archer, a coming-of-age novel set in 1960s and 70s Bombay. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss the emotional tale of Vidya, a young girl whose mother has died by suicide and who is left to help her father and raise her brother. Longing for her absent mother, Vidya immerses herself into kathak, a rigorous traditional dance, through which she can finally express herself. Mathan’s pleasing voice and understated performance are the perfect match for Vidya’s quiet strength in the face of prejudice. An immersive production.
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