The Body Myth by Rheea Mukherjee audiobook

The Body Myth: A Novel

By Rheea Mukherjee
Read by Soneela Nankani

Blackstone Publishing 9781944700843
7.35 Hours Unabridged
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Mira is a teacher living in the heart of Suryam, a modern, bustling city in India and the only place in the world the fickle Rasagura fruit grows. Mira lives alone and with only the French existentialists as companions, until the day she witnesses a beautiful woman having a seizure in the park. Mira runs to help her but is cautious, for she could have sworn the woman looked around to see if anyone was watching right before the seizure began. Mira is quickly drawn into the lives of this mysterious woman, Sara, who suffers myriad unexplained illnesses, and her kind, intensely supportive husband, Rahil, striking up intimate, volatile, and fragile friendships with each of them that quickly become something more. Intoxicated by their attention and eager to unravel the mystery of Sara’s illness, Mira wonders if Sara is unwell. Is she faking it for attention? Is it a psychological disorder? Or is Rahil making Sara sick to keep her wings clipped? A moving exploration of loss, Mukherjee delivers an intense and unexpected modern love story as Mira reconciles reality with desire.

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A Huffington Post Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

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Mira is a teacher living in the heart of Suryam, a modern, bustling city in India and the only place in the world the fickle Rasagura fruit grows. Mira lives alone and with only the French existentialists as companions, until the day she witnesses a beautiful woman having a seizure in the park. Mira runs to help her but is cautious, for she could have sworn the woman looked around to see if anyone was watching right before the seizure began.

Mira is quickly drawn into the lives of this mysterious woman, Sara, who suffers myriad unexplained illnesses, and her kind, intensely supportive husband, Rahil, striking up intimate, volatile, and fragile friendships with each of them that quickly become something more.

Intoxicated by their attention and eager to unravel the mystery of Sara’s illness, Mira wonders if Sara is unwell. Is she faking it for attention? Is it a psychological disorder? Or is Rahil making Sara sick to keep her wings clipped?

A moving exploration of loss, Mukherjee delivers an intense and unexpected modern love story as Mira reconciles reality with desire.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mukherjee’s novel encapsulates the heady breathlessness of falling in love.” Publishers Weekly
“Explores the boundaries of socially acceptable romantic love.” Booklist
“Witty, melancholic, and dramatic…A touching love story about misfits searching for togetherness, even if that togetherness might not be healthy for all concerned.” Foreword Reviews
“Soneela Nankani is the consummate choice to narrate this female-centered South Asian novel. She demonstrates her range of experience as she delivers the story of a perplexing love triangle in modern India…Nankani infuses Mira with a thoughtful sweetness…Drawn in by Nankani’s deep, warm voice, we ruminate with her as she lingers over the quotes of the existential writers she loves. Nankani also expertly builds the suspense of what is wrong with Sara—is it an illness or is Rahil not the supportive husband he appears to be?” AudioFile
“Like the Rasagura fruit Rheea Mukherjee so eloquently writes about, The Body Myth is a tender love story at its core: sweet, sour, and bursting with wisdom. An intoxicating read.” Neel Patel, author of If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi
“Rheea Mukherjee has written a thought-provoking and memorable meditation on the meaning of life. In seductive prose, The Body Myth explores the depths and boundaries of relationships, conventional and unconventional, and the meaning of intimacy in sickness and health. A fine novel.” Soniah Kamal, award-winning author of Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan

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Author

Author Bio: Rheea Mukherjee

Author Bio: Rheea Mukherjee

Rheea Mukherjee received her MFA degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her fiction and nonfiction has been published in several publications including Scroll.in, Southern Humanities Review, Out of Print, QLRS, and Bengal Lights, among others. Her first book, a collection of short stories about contemporary urban life in India titled Transit for Beginners, was published in Asia in 2016. Her previous stories have been Pushcart nominees, Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Finalists, and semifinalists for the Black Lawrence Press Award. She spent her childhood in the United States and her teens in India and returned to the United States for college and her MFA, before returning to Bangalore, India. She cofounded Bangalore Writers Workshop in 2012 and co-runs Write Leela Write, a design and content laboratory in Bangalore.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English