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A People's History of Heaven

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   11 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/19/2019

A Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book of 2019

A People's History of Heaven

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684571307
Digital Download ISBN:9781684571314


A politically driven graffiti artist. A transgender Christian convert. A blind girl who loves to dance. A queer daughter of a hijabi union leader. These are some of the young women who live in a Bangalore slum known as Heaven, young women whom listeners will come to love in the moving, atmospheric, and deeply inspiring debut, A People's History of Heaven.

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Product Description

Welcome to Heaven, a thirty-year-old slum hidden between brand-new high-rise apartment buildings and technology incubators in contemporary Bangalore, one of India's fastest-growing cities. In Heaven, you will come to know a community of people living hand-to-mouth and constantly struggling against the city government who wants to bulldoze their homes and build yet more glass high-rises. These families, men and women, young and old, gladly support one another, sharing whatever they can.

A People's History of Heaven centers on five best friends, girls who go to school together, a diverse group who love and accept one another unconditionally, pulling one another through crises and providing emotional, physical, and financial support. Together they wage war on the bulldozers that would bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that does not care what happens to them.

This is a story about geography, history, and strength, about love and friendship, about fighting for the people and places we love—even if no one else knows they exist. Elegant, poetic, bursting with color, Mathangi Subramanian's novel is a moving and celebratory story of girls on the cusp of adulthood who find joy just in the basic act of living.


"From gentle to outraged, resigned to relentless, Saddy embodies an enchanting spectrum of personalities with agile authenticity.” —Booklist

“Saddy paints a rich vocal picture of the girls, who are a mix of religions and lifestyles. She switches smoothly from female to male characters, and her changes in pitch and tone help listeners distinguish between the old and the young.” —AudioFile

“It has the heart-on-its-sleeve melodrama of some of the most successful teen novels and films, though it will likely also appeal to adults wanting to tuck in to a novel which is like the brainy big sister of a Lifetime movie. A girl power-fueled story that examines some dark social issues with a light . . . touch.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The power of these fierce young women shines in spite of their circumstances, and they prove just how beautiful and influential a strong, unconditionally accepting community is. Subramanian is a remarkable writer whose vibrant words carry a lot of heart. This inspiring novel is sure to draw in readers with its lyrical prose and endearing characters.” —Booklist

Author Bio

Mathangi Subramanian is an award-winning Indian American writer, author, and educator. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Teachers College of Columbia University, and is the recipient of a Fulbright and other fellowships. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Quartz, Al Jazeera America, and elsewhere.