Western lane : a novel

by Maroo, Chetna,

Format: Print Book 2023
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Summary

A taut, enthralling first novel about grief, sisterhood, and a young athlete's struggle to transcend herself.

Eleven-year-old Gopi has been playing squash since she was old enough to hold a racket. When her mother dies, her father enlists her in a quietly brutal training regimen, and the game becomes her world. Slowly, she grows apart from her sisters. Her life is reduced to the sport, guided by its rhythms: the serve, the volley, the drive, the shot and its echo.

But on the court, she is not alone. She is with her pa. She is with Ged, a thirteen-year-old boy with his own formidable talent. She is with the players who have come before her. She is in awe.

An indelible coming-of-age story, Chetna Maroo's first novel captures the ordinary and annihilates it with beauty. Western Lane is a valentine to innocence, to the closeness of sisterhood, to the strange ways we come to know ourselves and each other.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In Maroo's first novel,11-year-old Gopi and her two sisters must cope with the recent loss of their mother. Their father is a withdrawn man mourning in his own quiet way. He starts the girls on a strict regimen. They will play squash every day, before and after school, at a gym called Western Lane. Three parallel forces gain momentum--Gopi's talent and passion for the sport, a budding romance with Ged, an older boy who practices at Western Lane, and rising tension among the three sisters as each member of the family becomes private and distant in grief. The conflict reaches its peak as Gopi competes as the underdog in a long-awaited squash tournament. Maroo's tale traverses the complexities of one family with an understated beauty, simultaneously graceful and teeming with fierceness, much like Gopi on the court. It is a powerful coming-of-age story, a tale of growing up as much as a tale of grief."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Squash players -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,2023
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 151 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 0374607494
9780374607494
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