Dark Star is a powerful meditation on the importance of remembering. This isn’t just a novel: it is itself a memory, the kind that comes to you from a smell, a sight, a fleeting feeling in the quiet mornings before the world has impressed upon you the constraints we have impressed upon the world. Ranbir Sidhu has a voice that is solely unique, and the prose that carries this story is pure delight. Dark Star is unforgettable.

Morgan Talty, Author of Night of the Living Rez  

In Dark Star Ranbir Sidhu not only contemplates the life of a shuttered, oppressed but wildly imaginative woman, he becomes her, and thus the reader does, too. He conveys the inner life of a woman never allowed to be free, but finding freedom within her own mind. A beautiful novel of transformation and heart-rending compassion.

Helen Benedict, Author of Wolf Season and Map of Hope and Sorrow

This is a devastating and gorgeously written book—simultaneously a deft character study and a powerful prose meditation on family, gender, migration, politics, aging, and loss. Dark Star will linger long in the reader’s memory. An indelible book. 

Lydia Kiesling, Author of The Golden State

A tour de force. In Ranbir Sidhu’s Dark Star an elderly woman in India journeys alone toward death. Her hypnotic soliloquy is a devastating indictment of the horrors of misogyny and the nightmare of nationalism; it’s also a meditation on time, memory, and the cosmos. In Sidhu’s deft hands, the microcosm of one woman’s suffering reveals the macrocosm of the fascist hellscape the planet now confronts. Dark Star is reminiscent of Jean Rhys and Elena Ferrante at her best (with Thomas Bernhard thrown in). I could not put it down.

RL Marshall, Author of A Separate Reality

about ranbir

Ranbir Sidhu’s novel Dark Star will be released in December, 2022. His books include Deep Singh Blue (2016), Good Indian Girls (2012), Object Lessons (in 12 Sides w/Afterglow) (2016), Hacking Trump A Writer Remembers (2018), and a chapbook The Fabulary (1997). He is a winner of the Pushcart Prize and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, among other awards.
Photo: Orestis Dikaios
His essay, “The Indian Wedding that Exploded in Violence,” was selected as one of the Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen. His novel Dark Star was a shortlist finalist for the 2021 Dzanc Prize for Fiction. He is the author of several full-length plays, including True East…, Sangeet, and Conquistadors, and has been awarded residencies by the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Villa Montalvo.
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