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The Bandit Queens

By Parini Shroff
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Publisher Description

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • A young Indian woman finds the false rumors that she killed her husband surprisingly useful—until other women in the village start asking for her help getting rid of their own husbands—in this razor-sharp debut.

"A radically feel-good story about the murder of no-good husbands by a cast of unsinkable women.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal • A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Shondaland, She Reads, CrimeReads

Five years ago, Geeta lost her no-good husband. As in, she actually lost him—he walked out on her and she has no idea where he is. But in her remote village in India, rumor has it that Geeta killed him. And it’s a rumor that just won’t die.

It turns out that being known as a “self-made” widow comes with some perks. No one messes with her, harasses her, or tries to control (ahem, marry) her. It’s even been good for business; no one dares to not buy her jewelry.

Freedom must look good on Geeta, because now other women are asking for her “expertise,” making her an unwitting consultant for husband disposal.

And not all of them are asking nicely.

With Geeta’s dangerous reputation becoming a double-edged sword, she has to find a way to protect the life she’s built—but even the best-laid plans of would-be widows tend to go awry. What happens next sets in motion a chain of events that will change everything, not just for Geeta, but for all the women in their village.

Filled with clever criminals, second chances, and wry and witty women, Parini Shroff’s The Bandit Queens is a razor-sharp debut of humor and heart that readers won’t soon forget.

387 Reviews

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Thumbs Up“The last 50 pages of this book had me tense! It was such a journey, and I think it will remain with me for a while. I expected a revenge fantasy (always trying to find books with female rage) but it’s more nuanced. This book captures the complexity of abusive relationships - their ties to culture, money, politics, religion, and friends. It balances that with well written characters and their humor, but still maintains heavy emotional moments. It’s a balancing act done really well. There were times when I wanted Geeta to be more aggressive and but this is a more realistic depiction of an abused woman and by the end I had been affected by her growth.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readSuspensefulThought-provokingAbuseViolence
“I loved this story. While dealing with very heavy themes, I enjoyed how the author took a comedic approach dealing with serious social problem. The writing was so satirical yet deeply poiniant! I really enjoyed learning more about the caste system and micro loans of India. We follow female friendships and insecurities and our characters grow significantly! Really lovely story and so happy I read it! Check the CW*** for triggers!”

About Parini Shroff

Parini Shroff received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied under Elizabeth McCracken, Alexander Chee, and Cristina García. She is a practicing attorney and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bandit Queens is her debut novel.

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