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S. Shankar Discusses "Ghost in the Tamarind" Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
S. Shankar Discusses "Ghost in the Tamarind"
Event typeAuthor Readings/Lectures
WhereCapitol Hill Branch
Room LocationMeeting Room
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummarySteeped in history, this memorable inter-caste love story shows ordinary people moved to uncommon courage in their desire to make a difference in a ruthless world.
DescriptionWho can you love? What do you owe to love and what to the world at large? Such are the questions that drive the story of Ramu, a Brahmin man, and Ponni, a woman of the Dalit “untouchable” caste. Set against the backdrop of twentieth-century South India, the novel takes readers from the 1890s village where Ramu’s grandmother grew up in the Emergency years of 1970s Madras. Against this sweeping canvas unfolds the drama of Ramu and Ponni’s forbidden love, inescapably intertwined with the great struggle against caste oppression. Caught up in the entanglements of love and politics, the couple risks everything to fight for a better society. Will they succeed?

S. Shankar is a novelist, literary and cultural critic, and translator from Tamil. He is the author or editor of eight books and is Professor of English and former Director of Creative Writing at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.

Ghost in the Tamarind is Shankar’s third novel. Shankar is the editor of "Caste and Life Narratives (2017)," which like Ghost in the Tamarind explores questions of caste. He is also the editor of "Crossing into America: The New Literature of Immigration (2003). "
View in Catalog"Ghost in the Tamarind" by S. Shankar
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Contact InfoCapitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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