“FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN is a gorgeous book, a story that is at once spare and lush, wrenching and restoring. The characters are so fully realized, so keenly nuanced, that they linger with you long after the last page, like the sweet smell of a recent storm.”
—Bret Anthony Johnston, Director of Creative Writing, Harvard University, and author of Remember Me Like This
I am an Indian-American novelist who grew up in France. I am an infrastructure planner, a project manager, a kathak dance student and an educator. I run a children’s book club and a literary salon. I believe in community; in promoting culture, language, and storytelling; and in preserving traditions while adapting them to inevitable change.
My first novel, FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN, shortlisted for the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, is available in print, e-book format and audiobook. Please click here to be informed of related events and appearances, and here for news.
“First time novelist Duva describes the sacred dances so vividly that the reader can almost hear the dancers’ feet hitting the floor and the tinkling of ankle bells. Historical fiction readers with an interest in non-Western cultures will find much to treasure in this evocative journey to the Indian desert.”