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Released in February 2005 by Anchor Books, Babyji by Abha Dawesar has been variously classified as literary fiction, south asian fiction, fiction, and young adult fiction. Babyji is a winner of the Barbara Gittings Prize in Literature/Stonewall Award from the American Library Association and a Lambda Literary Prize.  It was also short-listed for the Prix Fémina and the Prix Médicis Etranger in France.

Click here to read what the critics have said.

From the back cover: [pullquote style=”left” quote=”dark”] Sexy, surprising, and subversively wise, Babyji is the story of Anamika Sharma, a spirited student growing up in Delhi. At school she is an ace at quantum physics. At home she sneaks off to her parents’ scooter garage to read the Kamasutra. Before long she has seduced an elegant older divorcée and the family servant, and has caught the eye of a classmate coveted by all the boys. With the world of adulthood dancing before her, Anamika confronts questions that would test someone twice her age. Ebullient, unfettered, and introducing one of the most charming heroines in contemporary fiction, Babyji is irresistible.[/pullquote]


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What critics have said:

“an impressive balance between moral inquiry and decadent pleasure” –Publishers Weekly

On NY Post’s January 30, 2005 Required Reading

“an excellent novel”–The Daily Camera

San Francisco Chronicle: “Dawesar does an excellent job of capturing Anamika’s rapid swings from puffed-up maturity to deflated adolescence and back again.”

The Washington Post: “What you’ll love: Fervid scenes of sexual discovery and the fevered vagaries of Anamika’s adolescent mind shimmer in unabashed detail.”

Time Out New York: “a sweet and exciting gust of fresh air.”

“Babyji [has]– wit and irony, passion and intelligence, above all the conscious joy of style.” –“India’s place in world literature,” The Providence Journal

“so sharp it hurts and so funny you can’t put it down.”–East Bay Express

“Dawesar is a superb writer.”–QC Knight News

“Babyji is one of the most erotic books I have ever read.”–BUST

“a refreshing new voice amongst South Asian writers.”–Ego Magazine

“The way urban Americans divined existential meaning from the suburbs of American Beauty, this novel provides a window into the dark yet illuminating corners of contemporary suburban India.” –Out Traveler

“The charm of this fun, fresh novel is in the unsaid, the creeping uncertainties that have less to do with Heisenberg than with the heart.”—-Boston Phoenix

“A lot of pleasure in meeting this brash, unexpected girl in this rough, unknown city.”–The Seattle Times

“an intelligent, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable read.” –India Currents

Newsweek International: “Anamika’s amorous indiscretions provide a colorful backdrop to her questions about morality, gender roles and social rank in modern India, resulting in a tantalizing and sophisticated coming-of-age story.”

“Ultimately, in Dawesar’s work, sexual freedom becomes a metaph for other kinds of freedom: emotional, social, economic.”–PLANET°

3 of 3 stars from –Internazionale, Italy

“never flinching from radical questions about morality, gender roles and social rank in modern India.” –The Telegraph, Calcultta

“Highly recommended. It might even make us less homophobic as a society.”–Mid-Day, Mumbai

“a very pointed investigation of morality and perhaps a call to refresh the “rule book”. –India Today

So finally Babyji is a morality tale. A morality that is far more contemporary. –The Deccan Herald


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