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Vauhini Vara


Vauhini Vara

Vauhini Vara has been a reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine. She is the prize-winning author of the novel THE IMMORTAL KING RAO and the short story collection THIS IS SALVAGED. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Vauhini Vara

Books by Vauhini Vara

by Vauhini Vara - Fiction, Short Stories

Pushing intimacy to its limits in prose of unearthly beauty, Vauhini Vara explores the nature of being a child, parent, friend, sibling, neighbor or lover, and the relationships between self and others. A young girl reads the encyclopedia to her elderly neighbor, who is descending into dementia. A pair of teenagers seek intimacy as phone-sex operators. A competitive sibling tries to rise above the drunken mess of her own life to become a loving aunt. One sister consumes the ashes of another. And in the title story, an experimental artist takes on his most ambitious project yet: constructing a life-size ark according to the Bible’s specifications. In a world defined by estrangement, where is communion to be found?

by Vauhini Vara - Dystopian, Fiction

In an Indian village in the 1950s, a precocious child is born into a family of Dalit coconut farmers. King Rao will grow up to be the most accomplished tech CEO in the world and, eventually, the leader of a global, corporate-led government. In a future in which the world is run by the Board of Corporations, King’s daughter, Athena, reckons with his legacy --- literally, for he has given her access to his memories, among other questionable gifts. With climate change raging, Athena has come to believe that saving the planet and its Shareholders will require a radical act of communion --- and so she sets out to tell the truth to the world’s Shareholders about King’s life.