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March 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
The Good Girls: Lunch with Sonia Faleiro in conversation with Isaac Chotiner
Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…
Lunch with Sonia Faleiro
(Grove Press, $26)
Friday, March 5, 12 pm EST
LIVE via Crowdcast
By the award-winning writer of Beautiful Thing, a masterly inquest into how the mysterious deaths of two teenage girls shone a light into the darkest corners of a nation.
The girls’ names were Padma and Lalli, but they were so inseparable that people in the village called them Padma Lalli. Sixteen-year-old Padma sparked and burned. Fourteen-year-old Lalli was an incorrigible romantic.
They grew up in Katra Sadatganj, an eye-blink of a village in western Uttar Pradesh crammed into less than one square mile of land. It was out in the fields, in the middle of mango season, that the rumors started.
Then one night in the summer of 2014 the girls went missing; and hours later they were found hanging in the orchard. Who they were, and what had happened to them, was already less important than what their disappearance meant to the people left behind.
In the ensuing months, the investigation into their deaths would implode everything that their small community held to be true, and instigate a national conversation about sex and violence. Slipping deftly behind political maneuvering, caste systems and codes of honor in a village in northern India, The Good Girls returns to the scene of Padma and Lalli’s short lives and shameful deaths, and dares to ask: what is the human cost of shame?
About the Author:
Sonia Faleiro is the author of Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars, which was named a book of the year by The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, NPR and The Economist, and a novella, The Girl. She is a co-founder of Deca, a cooperative of award-winning writers creating narrative journalism about the world. Her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Centre and The Investigative Fund, and appears in the New York Times, The Financial Times, Granta, 1843, The California Sunday Magazine, MIT Technology Review and Harper’s. She lives in London.
About the Moderator:
Isaac Chotiner is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he is the principal contributor to Q. & A., a series of interviews with major public figures in politics, media, books, business, technology, and more. Before joining The New Yorker, Chotiner was a staff writer at Slate and the host of the podcast “I Have to Ask.” He has written for The New Yorker, the Times, The Atlantic, the Times Literary Supplement, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, Chotiner worked at The Washington Monthly before joining The New Republic, in 2006, as a reporter-researcher. He went on to run the magazine’s online books section and later became a senior editor.