* "consistently engrosses...refreshingly hopeful and beautifully written"
- KIRKUS, Starred Review, ISLAND'S END
* "[a] lovely novel ... an enticing blend of mystic tradition and imaginative speculation"
- PW, Starred Review, ISLAND'S END
* "vividly written and expertly paced...a moving story that will stay with readers long after the end"
- SLJ, Starred Review, ISLAND'S END
*"this novel will capture the imaginations of many readers" - VOYA, Starred, Climbing the Stairs
*"Venkatraman...succeeds spectacularly...an intricate yet wholly accessible story"
- Booklist, Starred Review, ISLAND'S END
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little family at home in Rhode Island, is dedicated to writing my
At the moment, I'm busy working on my third novel. My editor is
Nancy Paulsen - a wonderful, warm and intelligent human being
with whom I feel blessed and lucky to work. I'm also very grateful to
have a lovely, supportive, and hard-working agent, Rob Weisbach.
I was born in India and grew up there. At the age of 19, I moved
abroad and came to the United States to pursue a graduate
degree in oceanography. I was the youngest, by far, at the College
of William and Mary (where I conducted my doctoral research).
There I found that although I loved mathematics and science, I
also continued to love the world of words.
I've had a most interesting life: among other things, I've spent time
diving off the coast of the Andaman Islands, worked as a
post-doctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University's School of
Engineering, led and directed a school in England, and acted as
chief scientist on research cruises on the Baltic. But more than all
this, I love and enjoy the process of writing.
Why? Because when I create characters and conflicts, I feel a little
at least, as though, to put in in the words of the philosopher J.
Krishnamurthi, "the mind is in the heart".