What are the best south asian fiction books?

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    #1A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a contemporary fiction book written by Khaled Hosseini which tells the story of a poor and uneducated woman who needs to endure hardships in her life. 


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    Julia Salazar
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I had heard of this book but had never read it. I liked that it had a female lead."
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    #2A Passage to India

    A Passage to India

    A Passage to India is a book by E.M. Forster. Set in British India during the 1920s, it revolves around the racial tension between the colonizers and the colonized when a British woman was allegedly assaulted by Dr. Aziz, an Indian physician.


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    Helen Valdez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "What an interesting book A Passage to India is to all fiction readers. I enjoyed this book when I read it but have to admit it seemed way longer than 375 pages. It felt, at times, like it dragged on and on. I enjoyed the understanding to the human experience of colonialism (both from the English side and the Indian side). It's an interesting book and definitely shows you what South Asian culture is all about. "
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    #3And the Mountains Echoed

    And the Mountains Echoed
    Published in 2013, And the Mountains Echoed is a historical fiction novel by acclaimed author, Khaled Hosseini. Set in Kabul, it tells the heartbreaking life story of two siblings, Abdullah and Pari.

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    Ruth Tucker
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is not the best title in the series, but the series as a whole is heart breaking, sad, and happy. If the series is read all together it is much more enjoyable."
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    #4Q & A

    Q & A

    First published in 2005, Q & A is a novel by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. It is the basis of the award-winning 2008 film, Slumdog Millionaire. It tells the story of Ram Mohammad Thomas, a waiter who won a quiz show.


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    Thomas Tran
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you have seen and liked the movie Slumdog Millionaire, then Q & A might be of interest to you. IT is the book that the movie was based off of, and is pretty good in its own right."
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    #5The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace is a historical fiction novel by Amitav Ghosh published in 2000. The story spans a century of time, from the Konbaung dynasty in the 19th century to modern times. 


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    Joe Sims
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Glass Palace is a good book based in South Asia. If historical fiction is your cup of tea, I would say give it a chance, especially if you're interested in the region or in the Konbaung dynasty."
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    #6The Inheritance of Loss

    The Inheritance of Loss
    The Inheritance of Loss is a historical fiction novel by Indian author Kiran Desai. Set against the backdrop of the Nepalese revolution for independence from India, it tells the story of Jemubhai Patel, his granddaughter, and his cook.

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    Ann Oliver
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A very good book set in India with a peaceful feel in the author's writing. While not a page turner, per se, it's great for rainy days when you just want to sit and read for a bit."
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    #7A Suitable Boy

    A Suitable Boy

    A Suitable Boy is a historical fiction novel written by Vikram Seth which centers on the lives of four middle-class families in India set during the 1950s. This gives a view on the complex and multi-ethnic society of the country. 


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    Dennis Franklin
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "First book I've read regarding south asia. Follow middle class families in India on their journey through life. Fascinating!"
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    #8Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 

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    Jacqueline Lawson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I found the book Midnight's Children when I was searching for best south asian fiction books. Salman Rushdie is a well known author and this book takes place in India. I think this book fits the topic perfectly and the reviews are all really good so it sounds like a great book too."
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    #9The Namesake

    The Namesake
    The Namesake is a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Interpreter of Maladies. It was first published in 2003, and it tells the story of Ganguli family as they migrated to America from India.

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    Amy Hart
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Namesake is the best south Asian fiction book you can get from your favorite vendor. It was written by Jhumpa Lahiri and has won a Pulitzer. It was first publishesd in 2003."
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    #10The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.


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    Laura Knight
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is awesome! I love it so much! So much feeling! The author is awesome!"
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    Shantaram is an Adventure, Travel, Cultural Fiction Novel written by Gregory David Roberts. It was published in the year 2004 by Scribe. It follows the story of the Bombay underworld.


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    Bertha Cano
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Shantaram is a perfect fictional novel based in South Asia. Clocking in at 936 pages, this is sure to keep you reading for a while about the different people in Bombay."


Best What are the best south asian fiction books
1A Thousand Splendid SunsBooks 22 Paid
2A Passage to IndiaBooks 19 Paid
3And the Mountains EchoedBooks 19 Paid
4Q & ABooks 17 Paid
5The Glass PalaceBooks 16 Paid
6The Inheritance of LossBooks 16 Paid
7A Suitable BoyBooks 15 Paid
8Midnight's ChildrenBooks 13 Paid
9The NamesakeBooks 12 Paid
10The God of Small ThingsBooks 11 Paid

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