Burnt Sugar - Reading Guide
Insight and topic ideas for Avni Dosh’s compelling portrait of a complex and unusual mother-daughter relationship
Sharp as a blade and laced with Avni Doshi’s caustic wit, this a story about love and betrayal. Not between lovers - between mother and daughter.
In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her loveless marriage to join an ashram, endured a brief stint as a beggar (mostly to spite her affluent parents), and spent years chasing after a dishevelled, homeless ‘artist’ - all with her young child in tow. Now she is forgetting things, mixing up her maid’s wages and leaving the gas on all night - and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her.
Actor Ayesha Dharker performs a reading from 2020 Booker Prize-shortlisted author Avni Doshi’s book, Burnt Sugar.
This was originally streamed during The Booker Prize 2020 winner ceremony.
I suppose there is a parallel between the narrator’s preoccupation with Alzheimer’s and my own