Longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
A People's History of Heaven
by Mathangi Subramanian
In Heaven, a ramshackle slum in Bangalore, India, five girls forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian, and Hindu; queer and straight; they love and accept one another unconditionally.
When the local government threatens to demolish Heaven to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that they would remain hidden forever.
Elegant, poetic, and vibrant, A People’s History of Heaven dazzles in its depiction of these women’s determination not just to survive, but to triumph.