Apart from the sequel, the publishing house also announced that they will publish Malhotra’s first work of fiction titled ‘The Book of Everlasting Things’ which will be out in 2022. Both books have been acquired from David Godwin at David Godwin Associates, HarperCollins shared in an official statement.
Talking about her two upcoming books, Malhotra said in the statement, “The last few years have been very productive for me as a writer, working in domains both familiar and uncharted. My debut book, ‘Remnants of a Separation: A History of the Partition through Material Memory’ (2017), opened the doors to a further excavation of Partition history, particularly within second and third generations on both sides of the border. Stories about parents and grandparents began to pour in and I archived them as second-hand memories. It is these stories that make up my second book, ‘In the Language of Remembering: Generational Memories of the Partition’. Personal and inward-looking, they touch on topics of identity, nationality, politics, belonging, religion, the creation of the other, and why Partition is still not an event of the past. They are, in a way, the testimony of a generation.
“Along with recording oral history, I’ve also been quietly working on a novel titled ‘The Book of Everlasting Things. Retaining the theme of Partition’, it also explores the largely forgotten role of Indian soldiers in World War One and the extraordinary realm of perfumery. It is a book about love and regret, longing and exile, and the strength and depth of human relationships. My first foray into fiction, it has been perhaps the most demanding but rewarding book of my career. HarperCollins India has always been the natural home for my work, and I’m delighted to continue working with them on these two new books!”
Congratulations to the author!