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A people's history of Heaven
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"Everything about A People's History of Heaven is wonderful: the lyrical, light touch of the narrator, the story, the humor, and most of all, the girls. Faced with bigotry and bulldozers, these girls know exactly what to do: stick together and help each other learn, love, see, fight. These are girls who save the world." --Minal Hajratwala, award-winning author of Leaving India In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian, and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. Marginalized women, they are determined to transcend their surroundings. When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.

Elegant, poetic, and vibrant, A People's History of Heaven takes a clear-eyed look at adversity and geography--and dazzles in its depiction of these women's fierceness and determination not just to survive, but to triumph.
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Award-winning author Subramanian's (Dear Mrs. Naidu, 2015) first book for adults tells the story of five teenage best friends from Heaven, a slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India. The girls, of various religious backgrounds and sexual identities, live with their single mothers strong, independent women who were rejected by their husbands for not bearing male heirs. Together with the rest of their marginalized community, the girls and their mothers come together to fight against the city's bulldozers that threaten to erase their neighborhood in order to build a shopping mall. Their fight is not only to save the homes that they love but also to stand up for their rights as human beings. The power of these fierce young women shines in spite of their circumstances, and they prove just how beautiful and influential a strong, unconditionally accepting community is. Subramanian is a remarkable writer whose vibrant words carry a lot of heart. This inspiring novel is sure to draw in readers with its lyrical prose and endearing characters.--Emily Park Copyright 2010 Booklist
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