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“A refreshingly original viewpoint on the traditional ‘coming of age’ story, brimming with powerful women...” SkyLightRain “Shambala Junction takes hold of you and leads you with absolute confidence into one of the most extraordinary journeys any of us ever embark on: the discovery of India.” Barney Norris, author of Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain Iris, an American, is visiting India for the first time with her fiancé and not enjoying the trip. When she steps down from the train at Shambala Junction to buy a bottle of water, little does she know that her life will radically change. Stranded at the small town, she becomes involved in a local stallholders battle to recover a lost child – one which is about to be sold to a rich Westerner. Along the way, she discovers not only herself – but also friendship, courage and a love of India. “This vividly written, courageous book... a refreshingly original viewpoint on the traditional ‘coming of age’ story, brimming with powerful women, a complex society and fundamental human truths laid out in all its gritty beauty.” —SkyLightRain “An enlightening and enjoyable read. As much a cultural exploration as it is a love story, the book is a remarkable webbing of different viewpoints. Mukherjee is able to translate captivating realities to a wide audience through pulsing characters, with a natural story-telling ability that is inviting and enlightening.” —Windy City Review “My hat is off to you for making Shambala Junction a compelling, suspenseful novel that illuminates the personal and social consequences of corrupt adoptions.” —Umberto Tosi author of Ophelia Rising and contributing editor of Chicago Quarterly Review “Longlisted for the Man Asian Prize in 2009, Mukherjee’s novel is not unlike Miguel Syjuco’s IIustrado, which won the prize in 2008. Both are grim state-of-the-nation novels based in East Asia, written by peripatetic authors. Both have lead characters who live relatively comfortable lives in the United States of America to travel back to the troubled East and tragic pasts.” —Paperback Pickings, The Telegraph on Thunder Demons 'What goes into the bitter-sweet broth of an Asian tale? Fry a pinch of radical politics with a subversive plot. Add a spoonful of mystery... Dipika Mukherjee gives us a perfect Asian tale in her novel Thunder Demons.' —The Asian Age Of previous work: 'Drawing on Malaysian folklore and a rich diversity of cultural traditions, author Dipika Mukherjee uses vibrant imagery and brutally honest observation to create a humanistic portrait of a modern nation still coming to grips with its past.' —City Weekend (Shanghai) 'Dipika, with her deft portrayal of people and situations, leaves a vivid picture in the minds of readers. Inspired by a real incident, it gives us an insight into the Malaysian political cauldron.' —Femina Magazine Dipika Mukherjee's début novel was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize then published as Thunder Demons (Gyaana, 2011, South Asia), followed by Ode to Broken Things (Repeater, 2016). She has written a short story collection, Rules of Desire (Fixi, 2015), and she has edited three anthologies on Southeast Asian fiction: Champion Fellas (Word Works, 2016), Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). She won the 2014 Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award for Literary Excellence (USA) and in 2009, the Platform Flash Fiction competition (India). She is Contributing Editor of Jaggery and curates an Asian/American Reading Series for the Guild Literary Complex, Chicago. She holds a doctorate in English (Sociolinguistics), has taught language and linguistics in several countries and is now at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University.