Sparks off You


2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist (YA)

Julie Randeria has always worshipped her smart, independent older sister Maya. When Julie follows Maya to a community college physics class, she sees her degraded and loses faith in her. Sometimes when you lose a little bit of faith, you start along a path to losing all of your self, too. Alienated both from each other and a society determined to see them as exotic others, each sister strikes out on her own as their family mythology continues to unravel. Lyrical and provocative, “Sparks Off You“ is an existential coming of age novel that follows two Indian-American sisters trying to find their reality in the Bay Area at the dawn of the tech boom.

“If THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER had a more literary, female cousin, it would be SPARKS OFF YOU. SPARKS whisks me back to my own high school years with an aching visceral clarity -- it haunts and it hurts, but it‘s a good kind of pain”

—Phoebe Kitanidis, author of WHISPER, GLIMMER and BE MY YOKO ONO

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