Sunday, January 12, 2014

"Darshan" Book Event with Author Amrit Chima, Jan. 18th at Florey's!

Florey's Books welcomes local author Amrit Chima as she reads from and discusses her new novel "Darshan".

***Saturday, January 18th, 2-4pm***

About the Book:

In the sleepy, North Indian town of Amarpur, a young boy named Baba Singh Toor secretly murders a moneylender in a moment of blind sorrow and rage, setting events in motion that will shape the coming generations of Toors.

Hardened by a life of serial misfortune and loss, many years after the murder for which he was never caught, Baba Singh infects his son, Manmohan, with the misery and guilt he was unable to overcome. Two generations later, his grandson, Darshan, the most loyal and unassuming of the Toors, finds himself dragged to the center of conflict as the family demands that he correct past wrongs. How will a chest containing a collection of Baba Singh’s numerous life tragedies allow Darshan to free himself from the dysfunction that has amassed over three lifetimes? And will he live up to his name—meaning one who is blessed with clarity of sight—to finally bury the shame of a long-ago concealed crime?

Spanning continents and cultures, chronicling three generations of Indian men—traveling from the Punjab to Fiji to San Francisco—Darshan is the story of one family’s great capacity for forgiveness, learned after nearly a century of heartache.

An ambitious, epic debut novel that finely balances historical elements of nations struggling under Colonial regime with the tragedy of men who refuse to release their sorrow, written in keenly descriptive, fluid, and penetrating prose.

About the Author:

Amrit Chima is a former freelance travel writer with featured articles in Global Traveler Magazine and on Untapped Cities with syndication on Flavorwire. Born into a family with a history of inspiring migratory adventures, she has followed suit, traveling to over thirty countries, most notably India and Fiji, both of which are settings in her debut novel Darshan.

She cofounded the SF Literary Writers Group to provide a platform for writers to share the challenges, wonders, frustrations, and successes of constructing works of literary fiction. The group also meets regularly for a practice reading series in which members brave an audience in preparation for real-world events.

When time affords (which is not often enough), she writes carefully thought-out reviews for multi-layered, profoundly engaging novels. One such review earned her fifteen seconds of fame on the BBC World Book Club’s discussion of The Stranger by Albert Camus.

She holds an MFA from Emerson College in Boston, and after two years in Budapest, Hungary teaching English she is now back home in the Bay Area working on her next novel.

For more info and sample excerpts, please see her site here:

We hope to see you!

***Saturday, January 18th, 2pm-4pm***

Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day, to 8pm Fridays