Manil Suri

OCCUPATION Professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland and first-time author of The Death of Vishnu

ULTIMATE GOAL To finish two additional novels, for a trilogy

QUOTE "Each line should be as correct and necessary as an equation"

Math professors are not usually known for their literary prowess. So when Manil Suri, 41, a professor of numerical analysis at the University of Maryland, applied for Pulitzer-prizewinning author Michael Cunningham's writing workshop in 1997, Cunningham had no particular reason for high hopes. But as soon as he began reading Suri's book, he was bowled over. "I knew from the first...

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