Books: The Subcontinentals

Young, internationally savvy Indian writers are making smart, splashy literary debuts

It is probably no coincidence that some two years after Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things became an international best seller, more novels by young writers with roots in India are showing up on this side of the world. "Editors will grab at what's in the air," says Sybil Steinberg, fiction editor at Publishers Weekly. But the next Arundhati Roy may not materialize soon. She is a rare delight: a gifted writer who looks like the village beauty in a Satyajit Ray film. Nevertheless, what is called Indian-English fiction hasn't had so much attention since Muslim clerics ended their reviews...

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