Guardian's Best Books of 2017 
Daily Telegraph's Best Books of 2017 
Observer Best Books of 2017 
Financial Times Best Books of 2017

 

 

SHORTLISTED:

THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 
JHALAK PRIZE FOR WRITERS OF COLOUR  

The HINDU LITERARY PRIZE 

 

LONGLISTED
THE INTERNATIONAL DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE

PUBLISHERS
UK: Atlantic Books, India: Juggernaut Books
Spanish: Malpaso
German: KulturBooks

REVIEWS

Probably one of the most important and shocking and poetic books of 2017.

ReadWomen

Fierce and unforgettable.
CultureFly

Urgent... Its beating heart is a universally recognized quest for freedom and meaning in a world where women are still shockingly undervalued
Financial Times 

Searing... I read it in a single sitting

Fatima Bhutto 

Courageous and brave and disturbing and will stay with you for a long time

Stylist
 

This book is so so good. One of the best of the year.

Nikesh Shukla


Searing. . . The book jacket evokes  khadi fabric bordered in saffron, something the socially beloved figure of the “good Indian girl” might wear. Open it, however, and a voice emerges that expresses desire, feels pain and has steely courage. 

Preti Taneja, The Guardian

Meena Kandasamy's vivid, sharp and precise writing makes a triumph of When I Hit You

Ayobami Adebayo, The Guardian 

Kandasamy boasts the gifts of clarity and momentum, punch and coherence.

Bidisha, Times Literary Supplement 

Such raw, lyrical reading

Sinead Gleeson, RTE Arena
 

A brilliant but brutal punch to the guts.

Monisha Rajesh
 

The best thing I've read in 2017. Simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, it's a work of considerable power.

The Page is Printed
 

Read it as an extended prose poem, a feminist anthem, an experiment with life. But do read it.

The Daily O

 

Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a beautiful bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back--a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.

 

At once the chronicle of an abusive marriage and a celebration of the invincible power of art, When I Hit You, is a smart, fierce and courageous take on wedlock in modern India.

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If I have to pick up one review to share with you--then please head over here, and read Deepa D's review of the novel in The Wire.

This review is a piece of writing that any novelist can only dream about--a review that makes you cry from joy that your book has got a perfect reader, a review that gives you the courage to once again stare at a blank page.