Poet and dancer Tishani Doshi on her debut novel The Pleasure Seekers
Babo and Sian’ s story is based on Doshi’s parents, the “original pleasure seekers” as she describes them in the dedication to the novel. “I did not grow up with lots of stories so I had to make them up on my own. It takes off from their lives but a lot of it is fiction,” says Doshi, 35. A memoir is risky, she says, being so inconveniently close, so the book turned out to be an “alternative history”. The probing was gentle, the narrative relying more on the “beauty present in wisps of memory”.
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