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Karan Mahajan on Fiction Longlist for National Book Award

Indian American author Karan Mahajan

New York, Sep 29 (UITV)- The National Book Foundation announced Indian American author Karan Mahajan’s name among the ten authors who have been named to the Longlist for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction. The finalists will be revealed on October 13, and the winners will be named on Nov. 16.

Mahajan’s “The Association of Small Bomb” takes the readers to New Delhi, where a community is devastated by the losses brought on by an act of terrorism.

News of bombs exploding in the markets and stadiums and busy streets seems to pop up every day, but Karan Mahajan’s novel picks up where the headlines leave off. Set in Delhi, the novel begins with the death of two young brothers in a crowded marketplace – victims of the small bomb left by a radical group. The boy’s close friend, Mansoor, survives but Mahajan traces the difficult path set out for him in the bomb’s aftermath. He also followed the brothers’ grieving parents and the bomb-maker himself.

Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel “Family Planning” won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award and was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It was published in nine countries. He currently lives in Austin, Texas. “The Association of Small Bombs” is his second novel.