PRETI TANEJA

‘Revelatory. Urgent and irresistible. … One of the most exquisite and original novels of the year.’ (The Sunday Times)

 

‘We that are young is like nothing else. Its daring is outrageous.’ (Literary Review)

 

‘Urgent and exhilarating… We that are young cuts rage with poetry – and produces a memorable national epic.’ (The TLS)

 

‘Brilliant… finely crafted… Taneja has given us that rarest of beasts: a page-turner that is also unabashedly political.’  (The Guardian)

 

‘A remarkable picture of contemporary India… Taneja’s sensuous writing brings women’s predicaments to life – [and issues] a chilling warning.’  (The Irish Times)

 

‘Taneja’s novel is … a dazzlingly original reading of [King Lear] and a full novel in its own right. A masterpiece.’  (The Spectator)

 

‘Fearlessly carves a territory of its own…a work of epic scope and depth.’ (Publisher’s Weekly – STARRED REVIEW)

 

‘Issues of gender and generation spearhead the conflict in this mammoth drama of money, succession, and control, British-born Taneja’s impressive first work of fiction… Engaging, relevant, and very dark.’ (Kirkus Reviews – STARRED REVIEW)

 

‘A novel on the grand scale but not grandiose: wide in its cultural reference, profound in its resonance, lofty in moral judgement… We that are young is as remarkable to the ear as it is revelatory to the soul.’ (Desmond Elliott Prize for Fiction)

 

‘We that are young is a powerful, engrossing chronicle of family and politics in contemporary India, perfectly constructed, magnificently written by a novelist with a silver ear and a golden voice.’ (Jim Crace)

 

'The absolute mastery of Taneja's narrative style and the precision of her language is unforgettable.' (LA Review of Books)

 

‘Sharp, cogent and evocative… the great appeal of We that are young concerns the serving of justice: discovering who gets what, as opposed to who deserves what.’  (The New Statesman)

 

“We That Are Young is a richly compelling and vividly peopled novel. Preti Taneja’s confidence and skill is majestic.”  (Sarah Perry)

 

‘Utterly absorbing, vital and ambitious.’ (Irenosen Okojie)

 

‘Intense, detailed and engrossing… As if reworking Shakespeare’s King Lear weren’t enough of a challenge, Preti Taneja also tasks herself with turning the epic power-struggle into a call to arms for social change.’  (The Asian Review of Books)

 

‘In a brilliant, sharp adaptation, Preti Taneja shows her profound understanding not just of Shakespeare and India, but of human nature itself. Heartbreaking. A poetic tour de force.’ (Vishal Bhardwaj)

 

‘With We that are young Preti Taneja has written an enthralling, brave, and very important book.’  (Maureen Freely)

 

‘Misogyny, religious and caste prejudice, plus the madness of money all make for a magnificent, dark and satirical drama.’ (Marie Claire)

 

We that are young… paints a picture of India we won’t easily forget. An instant classic.’  (The Times of India)

 

‘Taneja maintains layers in her writing that overreach the simple fantasies to which we are accustomed …. A shining achievement.’ (The White Review)

 

‘Gripping and finely plotted… I found myself closing the book from time to time to catch my breath, to make sense of the quiet terror Taneja can make one feel.’  (Scroll)