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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (439 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anuradha Roy Narrator: Sneha Matha Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For Maya, a young widow trying to escape her complicated past, teaching school in a secluded mountain village offers a promise of peace. Here she feels close to the calm heart of the land, where lush foothills meet clear skies. In the evenings she teaches a peasant girl, Charu, to write so she can correspond with her lover in secret.

As Maya finds out, however, no refuge is remote enough to keep out the modern world, or her own past. The community she has grown to love comes under attack when powerful outsiders hijack the local elections dividing the villagers and threatening Charu’s family. And when Maya’s landlord’s charming nephew sets up shop nearby, Maya is drawn to him despite her better instincts—and soon finds herself questioning everything she has ever known.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “How does a writer compete against the media's invasion of public discourse in all its chattering, hectoring, commercially packaged format. One way could be by creating a small, inviolable space in which to observe and record all the subterranean upheavals to create those moments of clarity that we value as literature. The small diamond that we have unearthed and enjoyed is called The Folded Earth.”

    Economist (Crossword Fiction Award Winner, 2011) 

  • “Anuradha’s ability to seamlessly place the private lives of her characters within a larger socio-political setting is what she carries into her second book [as well]…at the end of The Folded Earth you feel a firm belief in the redemptive qualities of life and love.”


  • “[Roy’s] narrative is poised and her language precise and poetic, without being flamboyant…a story about love and hate, continuity and change, loss and grief in a convincing and memorable setting.”

    The Independent (London)

  • “A gently perceptive story, half comic and half poignant, of a woman’s struggle to forget her sorrows in new surroundings.”

    Sunday Times (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tayyba | 2/19/2014

    " A Himalayan estate and a handful of colorful characters do not a good novel make--by themselves, that is. If I had absolutely nothing else to do, I might have waded to the end of this book. But scenes just for the sake having them, and a first person narrative that bizarrely manages to get into the inner world of other characters seriously weigh down one's patience. This book has the meat, but not the bones. So reading it was like prodding around folds of flesh to see if one can find some structure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Veronica Sanche | 2/12/2014

    " A well written novel but I felt it was a bit slow and confusing at the start. The characters are great and it's interesting to read about people and an area of the world that I know very little about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason Linden | 1/31/2014

    " Gorgeous prose. Compelling story. Hell of an ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jacqui | 1/27/2014

    " I loved the beginning & the end, plowed through the rest. Loved the sense of we are all humans doesn't matter where we live. Loved the descriptions of the Himalayan landscapes. Felt like I was there myself just yesterday. "

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About the Author

Anuradha Roy is the author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing, which has been published in sixteen countries and named by World Literature Today as one of the sixty most essential books on modern India. She lives in India.