Padma Viswanathan

Nelson, British Columbia, Canada



Padma Viswanathan’s debut novel, The Toss of a Lemon, was published in eight countries, a bestseller in three, and a finalist for the Commonwealth (Regional) First Book Prize, the First Novel Prize and the Pen Center USA Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, was published in Canada in spring of 2014, and shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is forthcoming in the USA, India and Australia.

Viswanathan’s short fiction appears in various journals; her story “Transitory Cities” won the 2006 Boston Review Short Story Contest. Her plays include House of Sacred Cows and Disco Does Not Suck.

She publishes cultural journalism and reviews in such venues as Elle Canada, The National Post and The Rumpus Onlin

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“Perhaps terror and peace became the same thing when life's mysteries were unveiled. In the Bhagavad Gita, when Krishna reveals his divine form at Arjuna's request, Arjuna is terrified at seeing what no mortal can stand to see. But the end to human doubt surely must also bring with it a definite, final peace.”
Padma Viswanathan, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao

“She had always thought of her life as a series of submissions to God. What if she has been making her own decisions all along?”
Padma Viswanathan, The Toss of a Lemon

“The sound did not hide the void, but it filled it with a kind of light: nothing that would stop you from falling, but maybe stop you from being so afraid.”
Padma Viswanathan, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao

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