Praise for Sleeping on Jupiter

Sleeping on Jupiter is a timely exploration of the recently exposed casual brutality that men practice against women in India.... This novel will far outlive its topicality because of its gossamer-like story that avoids the polemical, and its compassionate portrait of human error and frailty. The novel’s canvas feels epic because of Roy’s deft ability to say so much in quick vivid brushstrokes. Long after I had closed the book, its chords still rang in me.”

—Shyam Selvadurai,

author of The Hungry Ghosts


“Anuradha Roy’s deft, empathetic, glowingly intelligent Sleeping on Jupiter brings a group of characters vividly, radiantly to life. Each seems closed-off into her or his own world, yet they’re connected with the lightest, surest of touches. This is storytelling of transcendent depth.”

 —Rick Simonson,

Elliott Bay Book Company


“Restrained and devastating. . . . [Sleeping on Jupiter] balances formal neatness with raw political invective about the treatment of women in India.”

 The Daily Telegraph

Praise for Rich and Pretty


"A sweet yet cutting exploration of the bonds of friendship in competitive New York City."

—Publisher's Weekly


"Alam captures something truthful and essential about the push-pull of friendship,"





Read Rumaan Alam's story "A Certainty"

In Conversation: Anuradha Roy and Rumaan Alam

Wednesday September 14, 2016
07:00 pm

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In Conversation: Anuradha Roy and Rumaan Alam



Photo Credit: Sheela Roy (Roy) 

We celebrated the launch of the Graywolf Press edition of Anuradha Roy’s Man Booker longlisted novel Sleeping on Jupiter. Roy is author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing (2008) and The Folded Earth (2011), and recipient of the 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. She was joined in conversation by Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty, which was one of this summer’s most hotly anticipated titles.



About Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy 


A Man Booker Prize long-listed novel about violence, love, and religion in modern India.


On a train bound for the seaside town of Jarmuli, known for its temples, three elderly women meet a young documentary filmmaker named Nomi, whose braided hair, tattoos, and foreign air set her apart. At a brief stop en route, the women are unprepared to witness a sudden assault on Nomi that leaves her stranded as the train pulls away.


Later in Jarmuli, among pilgrims, priests, and ashrams, the women disembark only to find that Nomi has managed to arrive on her own. What is someone like her, clearly not a worshipper, doing in this remote place? Over the next five days, the women live out their long-planned dream of a holiday together; their temple guide pursues a forbidden love; and Nomi is joined by a photographer to scout locations for a documentary. As their lives overlap and collide, Nomi’s past comes into focus, and the serene surface of the town is punctured by violence and abuse as Jarmuli is revealed as a place with a long, dark history that transforms all who encounter it. A haunting, vibrant novel long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and short-listed for the Hindu Literary Prize, Sleeping on Jupiter is a brilliantly told story of contemporary India from an internationally acclaimed writer.


About Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam


This irresistible debut, set in contemporary New York, provides a sharp, insightful look into how the relationship between two best friends changes when they are no longer coming of age but learning how to live adult lives.


As close as sisters for twenty years, Sarah and Lauren have been together through high school and college, first jobs and first loves, the uncertainties of their twenties and the realities of their thirties.


Sarah, the only child of a prominent intellectual and a socialite, works at a charity and is methodically planning her wedding. Lauren—beautiful, independent, and unpredictable—is single and working in publishing, deflecting her parents’ worries and questions about her life and future by trying not to think about it herself. Each woman envies—and is horrified by—particular aspects of the other’s life, topics of conversation they avoid with masterful linguistic pirouettes.

Once, Sarah and Lauren were inseparable; for a long a time now, they’ve been apart. Can two women who rarely see one other, selectively share secrets, and lead different lives still call themselves best friends? Is it their abiding connection—or just force of habit—that keeps them together.


With impeccable style, biting humor, and a keen sense of detail, Rumaan Alam deftly explores how the attachments we form in childhood shift as we adapt to our adult lives—and how the bonds of friendship endure, even when our paths diverge.


Anuradha Roy is an award-winning Indian novelist, journalist and editor. Roy grew up mainly in Hyderabad, India, where she was educated at Nasr School. She studied English Literature at Presidency College, then affiliated with the University of Calcutta and at the University of Cambridge. She is the co-founder of Permanent Black, a publishing house started in 2000.


Her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, has been translated into fifteen languages across the world. It was named by World Literature Today as one of the "60 Essential English Language Works of Modern Indian Literature". Her second novel, The Folded Earth, won the Economist Crossword Prize and is widely translated. Sleeping on Jupiter, her third novel, won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Her essays and reviews have appeared in newspapers in India, the US and Britain.

Rumaan Alam’s writing has been published in New York Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, The Rumpus, Washington Square Review, Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. He started his career in fashion publishing at Lucky magazine, has written extensively on interior design for Domino, Lonny, Elle Decor,, and elsewhere, and has worked in advertising as a copywriter and creative director. He studied at Oberlin College, and lives in New York. Find him on Twitter as @rumaan