BEAUTIFUL THING: INSIDE THE SECRET WORLD OF BOMBAY'S DANCE BARS
“[An] intimate and valuable book of literary reportage that will break your heart several times over." The New York Times
Book of the Year: The Sunday Times, The Economist, CNN, The San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus, The Observer, The Guardian, and NPR
Grove Atlantic/Canongate/Penguin India/Black Inc/Actes Sud/Lind & Co/Nieu Amsterdam
Fiction, Penguin India, 2006
’In the tradition of Elizabeth Smart’s cult classic By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, The Girl makes romantic suffering something of epic proportions."
'A classic. Beautiful lyricism, poetic passages and evocative descriptions of Goa.'
'A lyrical first novel rich with dark visual imagery.'
'The girl has wisdom, tenderness, and a sort of agelessness that sets it apart from contemporary fiction in India.'
Far Eastern Economic Review
Sonia Faleiro is the author of Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars, which was named a book of the year by the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Economist, NPR and Time Out, and a novella, The Girl. Her writing has received support from the Pulitzer Centre and The Investigative Fund, and appears in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Harper's, Granta, 1843, The California Sunday Magazine, and MIT Technology Review.
Her new book, The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing will be published by Grove Atlantic in the US, Bloomsbury in the UK, Penguin Random House India and Penguin Random House Canada in January/February 2021.
She lives in London and is represented by The Wylie Agency.