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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Thank you to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for selecting me as a finalist for a 2018 Artist Fellowship.

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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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Mixed Messages

On being mixed race, mixed up, multilingual, neither this nor that, both this and that, and also the other thing, too.