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Karan Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and was published in nine countries. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, is a 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Karan's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, The New Yorker online, The Believer, n+1, The Paris Review Daily, and Bookforum. A graduate of Stanford University and the Michener Center for Writers, he lives in Austin, Texas.

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The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
"Intertwined, diverse perspectives surround a chain of events that starts with a car bomb in a busy marketplace in Delhi. "
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"Brilliantly written, powerful novel. I was a fan of Mahajan's first novel, Family Planning, which was funny and intricate. This shares the intricacy, but the writing is more visceral, less precocious. It's a carefully balanced and ultimately sad b..." Read more of this review »
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"I never thought I would relate to a terrorist, or any other characters from India or Pakistan in this book, but I found something beautiful or horrible in everyone. Mahajan has an incredible ability to put you in any of his characters' shoes and w..." Read more of this review »
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“When things are good, you can see no other way of living; when things are in ruins, there appear a million solutions for how this fate could have been avoided.”
Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs

“The best way to describe what he felt would be to say that first he was blind, then he could see everything. This is what it felt like to be a bomb. You were coiled up, majestic with blackness, unaware that the universe outside you existed, and then a wire snapped and ripped open your eyelids all the way around and you had a vision of the world that was 360 degrees, and everything in your purview was doomed by seeing.”
Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs

“American life is based on a reassurance that we like one another but won’t violate one another’s privacies. This makes it a land of small talk. Two people greet each other happily, with friendliness, but might know each other for years before venturing basic questions about each other’s backgrounds....In the East, I’ve heard it said, there’s intimacy without friendship; in the West, there’s friendship without intimacy.”
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