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Title: AMERICAN BETIYA (pronounced BET-ee-yah, a term of endearment  for "daughter" in Hindi)

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Age group: 14 and up

Blurb: "American Betiya is a heartfelt story about the complex and intimate relationship between culture and a young person trying to find their place in the world. I was immediately captivated by Rani’s unique voice, and her raw sincerity kept me hooked through every step of her journey. This book is overflowing with honesty, and stunningly beautiful.” – Akemi Dawn Bowman, award-winning author of Starfish and the upcoming The Infinity Courts series

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

Publicist: Kris Kam at

Release date: March 9, 2021

Anuradha D. Rajurkar is the award-winning author of American Betiya, a YALSA Best Book, a Book Riot Best Book of 2022, a SABA 2022 honor book, and was 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 working her day job in academia at her alma mater, you can find Anuradha hiking the shorelines of Lake Michigan, reading by the fire, 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 despite societal pressures and expectations. She currently lives in Evanston, Illinois with her family and fluffy rescue pup named Cleo.

Anuradha is hard at work on her next novel, Temporary Bodies (Knopf), which will be published in 2025. Follow her on Instagram @anuradhadrajurkar.

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Cover Art: Saqiba Suleman
Cover design: Angela Carlino 

Photo credit: DeAnna Heidmann