This reading group guide for The Folded Earth includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Anuradha Roy. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
In a remote town in the Himalaya, a young widow named Maya tries to put her past behind her. By day she teaches in a school and at night she types drafts of a magnum opus by her landlord, an eccentric scholar and a relic of princely India. Her bond with him and her friendship with a village girl, Charu, seem to offer her the chance for a new life in the village of Ranikhet, where lush foothills meet clear skies. As Maya finds out, however, no refuge is remote enough to separate her from her past. The world she has come to love, where people are connected with nature, is endangered by the town’s new administration. By turns poetic, elegiac, and comic, The Folded Earth
is a multilayered narrative about characters struggling with their pasts even as they fight for freedom and clarity in the present.
Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. The setting of The Folded Earth
, particularly the author’s descriptions of nature in the Himalayan foothills, plays a huge role in the book&rsquo