Book
English

Girls burn brighter

Shobha Rao (author)
Title
Girls burn brighter
Author
Shobha Rao
Language
English
Publisher
New York: Flatiron Books, © 2018 | Other editions
307 p.
ISBN
9781250074256 (hardback)

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About Shobha Rao

Shobha Rao is an American novelist, having immigrated from India. She won the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize, is a recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation fellowship, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2015.

Writing and reception

Rao's debut novel, Girls Burn Brighter, has been praised for its "sustained and elegant prose", though USA Today said that the "empowering message gets lost in the overheated language and imagery"; the review concluded that once "Rao learns to dial down the melodrama, she’ll be a formidable writer". Another reviewer calls Rao "a natural storyteller". Rao's other work, An Unrestored Woman, is a short story collection that was called "a breathless and fascinating read".

A theme throughout Rao's works is oppression, especially of women.

Works