BooksActually presents The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters — Reading and Discussion with Balli Kaur Jaswal Moderated by Pooja Nansi ☞ 26th May 2019, Sunday 3PM - 4PM at BooksActually (9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645) ––– ABOUT THE BOOK: British-born Punjabi sisters Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina have never been close but when their mother died, she had only one request: that they take a pilgrimage across India to carry out her final rites. While an extended family holiday is the last thing they want, each sister has her own reasons to run away from her life. Rajni is the archetypal know-it-all eldest but her son dropped a devastating bombshell before she left and for the first time she doesn’t know what the future holds. Middle sister Jezmeen was always a loudmouth, translating her need for attention into life as a struggling actress. But her career is on the skids after an incident went viral and now she’s desperate to find her voice again. Shirina has always been the golden child, who confounded expectations by having an arranged marriage and moving to the other side of the world. But her perfect life isn’t what it seems and time is running out to make the right choice. As the miles rack up on their jaunt across India, the secrets of the past and present are sure to spill out… ––– ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Balli Kaur Jaswal's latest novel is The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters. Her previous novels include Inheritance, which won the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist Award, and Sugarbread, a finalist for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize and the Singapore Literature Prize. Her third novel Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows was translated into 15 languages and chosen by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine book club last year. ––– ABOUT THE MODERATOR: Pooja Nansi is the author of two collections of poetry Stiletto Scars and Love is an Empty Barstool. Her key performance work includes her one-woman show, You Are Here which explores issues of migration through personal family histories. She also wrote and performed Thick Beats for Good Girls with Checkpoint Theatre which opened in April 2018 and explored the intersections between feminism, identity and Hip Hop. She was a recipient of the Young Artist Award in 2016. She is also the co-founder of Other Tongues, a literary festival of minority voices. She teaches creative writing at Nanyang Technological University and is the current festival director of the Singapore Writers Festival.
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