A witty and acerbic novel about two women and their relationship with each other. Tara has been a wild child, living in an ashram, begging, and chasing after an unattainable man. Her daughter, Antara, now must care for her, and finds it difficult . This has been longlisted, and now short listed for the 2020 Booker.
In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her arranged marriage to join an ashram, took a hapless artist for a lover, rebelled against every social expectation of a good Indian woman - all with her young child in tow. Years on, she is an old woman with a fading memory, mixing up her maid's wages and leaving the gas on all night, and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a mother who never seemed to care for her.This is a poisoned love story. But not between lovers - between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar gradually untangles the knot of memory and myth that bind two women together, revealing the truth that lies beneath.