Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

Blurb from Goodreads

In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her loveless marriage to join an ashram, endured a brief stint as a beggar (mostly to spite her affluent parents), and spent years chasing after a dishevelled, homeless ‘artist’ – all with her young child in tow. Now she is forgetting things, mixing up her maid’s wages and leaving the gas on all night, and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her.

This is a love story and a story about betrayal. But not between lovers – between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar unpicks the slippery, choking cord of memory and myth that binds two women together, making and unmaking them endlessly.

Why I Want To Read It

It’s Monday again and I was hoping to start the week right but, well, it ended up being a manic one (Madonna’s song plays on the background) because of work. Oh well, such is life.

As it is Monday, it is also time for another Goodreads Monday update. I was today years old when I learned that Burnt Sugar is not the original title of this book. The debut novel of Avni Doshi, it was originally published as Girl in White Cotton in India. The title was changed when it was published in the United Kingdom. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised as this changes in title happen all too often.

The book was shortlisted for the the 2020 Man Booker Prize but ended up losing to Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain. Nonetheless, its nomination was enough to pique my curiosity; all six books in the shortlist automatically made it to my TBR list. For Burnt Sugar, what further convinced me to read the book was a short interview with Doshi that I saw in Twitter. Doshi gave such a convincing case for the book so I am hoping to purchase a copy of it. This is despite its lowly rating in Goodreads. The book is rather short too.

How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!