Title: AMERICAN BETIYA (pronounced BET-ee-yah, an endearment term for "daughter" in Hindi)
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Age group: 14 and up
Headline: Award-winning author writes about cross-cultural first love, immigrant family boundaries, and resistance against racism, patriarchy
Short Synopsis: Fans of Sandhya Menon, Jandy Nelson, and Erika Sanchez will identify with this powerful, award-winning story of a young artist's cross-cultural first love, her immigrant family's boundaries, and rising against stereotyping, racism, and patriarchy in places she least expects.
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Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers | Penguin Random House Sponsoring Rep: Kristin Schulz at email@example.com
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Release date: March 9, 2021
Anuradha D. Rajurkar is the national recipient of the SCBWI Emerging Voices Award for her contemporary debut novel, American Betiya. Born and raised in the Chicago area to South Asian immigrant parents, Anuradha earned two degrees from Northwestern University, and for many years had the joy of being a public school teacher by day, writer by night.
Nowadays, when she’s not writing or reading, you can find Anuradha hiking the shores of Lake Michigan with her family, obsessing over her garden, watching old horror flicks with her sons, eating too many baked yummies, or roguishly knitting sweaters without their patterns. She hopes her stories will inspire teens to embrace their unique identities and inner badass despite outside pressures and cultural expectations. American Betiya is her first novel. American Betiya releases on March 9, 2021 by Knopf Books for Young Readers | Penguin Random House.
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