Title: AMERICAN BETIYA (pronounced BET-ee-yah, a term of endearment for "daughter" in Hindi)
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Age group: 14 and up
Headline: Interracial romance raises tough questions
Short Synopsis: Fans of Sandhya Menon, Jandy Nelson, and Erika Sanchez will identify with American Betiya, a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicist: Kris Kam at email@example.com
Release date: March 9, 2021
Anuradha D. Rajurkar is the award-winning author of American Betiya, a YALSA Best Book of 2022, a SABA 2022 honor book, and is included in Cosmopolitan's "125 Best YA Novels of All Time." 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 shorelines of Lake Michigan, obsessing over her garden, watching old horror flicks, and roguishly knitting sweaters without their patterns. She hopes her stories will inspire teens to embrace their unique identities and inner badass despite societal pressures and expectations. She currently lives in Evanston, Illinois with her family.
Anuradha is hard at work on her next novel, Temporary Bodies (Knopf), which will be published summer of 2024. Follow her on Instagram for thoughts on art, books, family, and plants @anuradhadrajurkar.
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Cover Art: Saqiba Suleman
Photo credit: DeAnna Heidmann