Western Lane

by Chetna Maroo

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    Fiction

    Hardback

    9781529094626

    Published by Pan Macmillan

    Published May 2023

    A beautiful and moving first novel about grief, sisterhood and a teenage girl’s struggle to transcend herself.

    Eleven-year-old Gopi has been playing squash since she was old enough to hold a racket.

    When her mother dies, her father enlists her in a quietly brutal training regimen, and the game becomes her world. Slowly, she grows apart from her sisters. Her life is reduced to the sport, guided by its rhythms: the serve, the volley, the drive, the shot and its echo.

    But on the court, she is not alone. She is with her pa. She is with Ged, a thirteen-year-old boy with his own formidable talent.

    She is with the players who have come before her. She is in awe. An indelible coming-of-age story, Chetna Maroo’s first novel captures the ordinary and annihilates it with beauty.

    Western Lane is a valentine to innocence, to the closeness of sisterhood, to the strange ways we come to know ourselves and each other.

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