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Indian woman’s novel secured huge publishing deal in Ireland

DUBLIN: The novel of an Indian woman who is also a former University College Dublin (UCD) student has secured a huge publication contract in Ireland.

Disha Bose’s novel, Dirty Laundry, which deals with the dark side of suburbia, secured a six-figure publishing deal. Disha has sold the novel’s rights to Viking publisher Katy Loftus. The US rights to the novel were bought by Andra Miller at Ballantine, publisher of The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

The novel is about three women whose secrets and lies lead to one of their murders. The novel deals with the age-old ideas we present to the world, the impossibility of who we fall in love with, and the need to build better versions of ourselves in our children.

Disha about the novel:

“In Dirty Laundry I explore the complicated roles of couples today, the sometimes uncomfortable dynamics of female friendship, and our ideas of happiness.

“Through one of my characters in particular, I wanted to examine the immigrant experience of parenthood, and what it means to raise your children in a country that isn’t your own.”

Disha, 31, was born and raised in India and now resides in Cork. She completed a masters degree in creative writing at University College Dublin. Disha was mentored by award-winning writer Anne Enright. She also worked in the tech industry for many years in Kolkata, London and Dublin.

The publisher says:

“Disha’s novel blew me away with its confidence and the sheer pleasure of reading it.

“It brings to mind the best of the novels about the dark side of suburban life and parenthood — from Little Fires Everywhere to Big Little Lies — but with a take that is completely now.

“Her three women are not the women you expect to see, and neither are the secrets they keep. I could not put it down, nor could anyone at Penguin. I am overjoyed that Viking will be launching what is sure to be a brilliant literary career.”

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