The Missing Queen

Samhita Arni

Samhita Arni

Distributed for Zubaan Books

240 pages | 5 x 8
Cloth $17.00 ISBN: 9789381017647 Published April 2014 World sales rights except India
Part political thriller and part reimagining of the Ramayana, Samhita Arni’s debut novel is a brilliant critique of the political and media landscapes in modern India. Here, a young investigative journalist retraces Sita’s steps in the years after she was banished from Ayodhya by her husband. But in the course of her search, she runs afoul of the sacred, ancient city’s all-powerful secret police and its mysterious head, the Washerman. Forced to flee, the journalist makes her way through a war-devastated land in search of answers and the missing queen.

Arni’s first book, The Mahabharata: A Child’s View, written when she was just eight years old, was translated into seven languages and has sold more than fifty thousand copies. Her second, a graphic rendering of Sita’s Ramayana, was a New York Times bestseller. A dark satire, The Missing Queen marks the triumphant return of a writer with fans around the world.
Samit Basu | author of Turbulence
“Every epic, every utopia deserves an undercover exposé, a little light shining on its dirty secrets. The Missing Queen is pacy, gritty, and very clever, both as a story of present-day India and an examination of the Ramayana’s underbelly.”
Contents
Prologue
 
BOOK ONE: Ayodhya Shining
 
BOOK TWO: Into the Wilderness
 
BOOK THREE: Wasted Beauty
 
BOOK FOUR: Rebels in the Forest
 
Epilogue
 
Acknowledgements
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