That Summer in Paris

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That Summer in Paris was released in 2006 by Doubleday (Nan A. Talese) as a hardback and subsequently as a paperback by Vintage Books. The novel has been translated into French, Portuguese, and Hebrew.

Click here to read what the critics have said.

From the back cover: [pullquote style=”left” quote=”dark”] Prem Rustum, a famous but reclusive Indian author, has spent most of his life consumed with writing. Feeling the weight of his seventy-five years, he resolves to put down his pen and live a little. He ventures online where he finds Maya, an aspiring young novelist who has boldly posted her admiration for Prem’s work. Captivated by her charm, Prem decides on impulse to join her in the City of Light. During the summer that follows, Maya brings Prem into direct confrontation with his mortality and desires through the awakening of new longings and the rekindling of old ones. Written with sureness of style and tempo, That Summer in Paris reflects on how art informs love, and love, literature.[/pullquote]

That Summer in Paris is available in these editions:



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What critics have said:

Starred review in Publishers Weekly March 6, 2006

“The Philip Roth of Indian Fiction?” Article in Publishers Weekly April 10, 2006

“a contemplative, sensual, and literary mélange…a provocative tale of love and the literature it inspires” Booklist, April 15, 2006

“elegant and contemplative “–Bharati Mukherjee in Bookforum, Summer 2006

“plenty of the sharp intellectual back-and-forth that drives both this unlikely romance and Dawesar’s quirky novel.”–Entertainment Weekly

“Dawesar’s melodic writing style and knack for provocative prose rarely disappoints and keeps the pages turning.”–Edge Boston June 23, 2006

“Literary masterpiece”–The Pioneer July 8, 2006

“Dawesar’s erotic prose jumps off the page like a dancer in flight.”–Chicago Sun-Times July 9, 2006

“novel of rare grace”–India Today August 21, 2006

“…one of the most insightful writers in the business.”—The Ottawa Citizen July 9, 2006

“pretty much what the doctor ordered”–Santa Cruz Sentinel July 23, 2006

“allows us the luxury of thinking through some of our own dilemmas around carnality and tenderness” –Time Out, Mumbai July 28, 2006

“an extremely insightful novel”–


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