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Praise for Ladies Coupé


Evokes experience that are drawn from everyday life and across the social strata...suddenly it seemed to us their lives have attained epic dimensions. All this with insightful prose devoid of cluck-clucking or an impressionistic top-angle look at the plight of these women.

-The Times of India

...A brilliant evocation of sisterhood on the move...Nair's tale is light enough to relieve the tedium of a long journey and yet filled with the incantatory power to burn up tracks, to seek a new destination. To change.

-India Today

The story of a woman's search for strength and independence, Ladies Coupe focuses on the inner strength every human being possesses.

-The Asian Age

Anita Nair's second novel upholds the promise of the first...Each of the women are finely drawn [as are their men], each caught in a net of relationships partly of her own making and partly one that is 'made'for her....Anita Nair's low key, sometimes funny and sometimes hard hitting book... is definitely worth a read.

-Urvashi Butalia, The Hindustan Times

Like a ragpicker with an eagle eye, she [Nair] observes the ordinary lives of maidservants, masseurs. vendors, and other women who course through daily life. It is the strength and resilience of the everyday woman that Nair brings out...Nair's women are fleshed out to the last detail. You can visualise them clearly - their faces, their bones, their desires...

- The Telegraph

The style is involving and each life account is poignant.

- Cosmopolitan

Here are many nice things about this book, the nicest being the spectrum of life and eroticism which energises the characters in it....the quality of writing which is outstanding...

- The Deccan Chronicle

Anita Nair is a fine writer with a great sense of character vivid knowledge of South Indian culture and an eye for telling detail. She can move from tender compassion to sensuality to raging hatred and is a compelling teller of stories.

- The Hindu Literary Supplement

Her strength as a writer lies in bringing alive the everyday thoughts, desires and doubts

- Times Literary Supplement London

Nair conveys her protagonists' dilemmas with a freshness and charm…

- Christina Koning Saturday Times

A deeply serious enjoyably lucid book about real terrors and joys, full of sensual and surprising details.

- Scotsman on Sunday

Rich and thought provoking…

- Image, Ireland

Enticing and uplifting …

- Punch

Nair is a powerful writer: all of these stories are intense and replete with cultural detail. …Nair has created what must be one of the most important feminist novels to come out of South Asia

- The Daily Telegraph, UK

Praise for LADIES COUPE in UK


"One of the most important feminist novels to come out of South India."

- Daily Telegraph

"The intimate setting gives a new spin on the tradition of the woman's confessional, marking out Nair as a writer to watch."

-Giles Foden

"Nair conveys her protagonists' dilemmas with a freshness and charm that makes her story more than just the predictable feminist homily it might appear. She is particularly good on the domestic details such as lazy Sunday lunches, a family row, the sights, sounds and smells of a busy railway station, which make up her characters' lives. These give her writing a sharpness and immediacy that lifts it above the commonplace."

-Christina Koning, The Times

"Nair's is no tourist novel… a deeply serious, enjoyably lucid book about real terrors and joys, full of sensual and surprising details."

-Scotland on Sunday

"These women's life stories give an insight into expectations of married Indian women, the choices they make and the choices made for them. Anita Nair's story-telling is superb and each woman could easily spawn a novel of her own. …There is a strong message of hope through change and even the ending is revealed as another beginning. Enticing and uplifting."

-Punch

 

 

 

 

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