About the book -Girl in White Cotton is the debut novel by Avni Doshi,The novel was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize,Doshi wrote the novel over the course of seven years. It tells the story of a troubled mother-daughter relationship in Pune, India. The novel was first published in India in August 2019. It was published in the United Kingdom under the title Burnt Sugar in July 2020.In Pune, Antara must care for her ageing mother Tara who is experiencing memory loss from what is suspected to be the early onset of Alzheimer's disease. Tara lived a rebellious and careless life, abandoning her marriage to join an ashram and pursure a romance with a guru. Antara was neglected and abused by her mother as a child. Antara reckons with the contempt she holds for her mother as she is forced to care for her.
"I would be lying if I said my mother's misery has never given me pleasure" is the opening sentence of the novel.
About the author- Avni Doshi (born 1982) is an American novelist currently based in Dubai. She was born in New Jersey to immigrants from India. She received a BA in Art History from Barnard College in New York, and a master's degree in History of Art from University College London. Her debut novel, Girl in White Cotton, was published in India in 2019. In 2020, it was published in the United Kingdom under the title Burnt Sugar. The novel was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.Doshi grew up in New Jersey's Fort Lee but often spent the winter in Pune, India, where her mother's family lived. She lived in India for seven years during her mid-twenties, where she worked as a curator in various art galleries (such as Latitude 28 in Delhi and Art musings in Mumbai).She is married with two children and currently resides in Dubai.