Writer, dancer, educator.

"Faint Promise of Rain is a gorgeous book, a story that is at once spare and lush, wrenching and restoring. The characters are so fully realized, so keenly nuanced, that they linger with you long after the last page, like the sweet smell of a recent storm."

Bret Anthony Johnston, Director of the Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin

Shortlisted for the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and a 2015 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction


It is 1554 in the desert of Rajasthan. On a rare night of rain, a little girl, Adhira, is born into a family of Hindu temple dancers just as a new Muslim emperor takes the throne

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Je serai à Paris du 25 juin au 1er juillet, avec une rencontre à l'Arbre à Lettres (Bastille) et une à la Librairie le Phénix. En savoir plus.

While in Paris, I will be speaking at the Paris Writers' Workshop on June 27 as well as in Fontainebleau on June 30, hosted by Crossroads. Find out more on the Events page.

Hear Me Speak

I am a frequent speaker at conferences, literary festivals, book clubs, author series, libraries, schools and other cultural institutions. I look forward to meeting you.

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