My award-winning debut novel, Climbing the Stairs,
published by Penguin, is available in hardcover (G.
P. Putnam's Sons) and paperback (Speak). The
paperback edition includes a discussion guide and
suggested research and writing activities.
In addition, there are several other
freely downloadable pdf resources for
book clubs
university students
and other groups.

Click on the links below to download (free):
I welcome you to use the above resources to
enhance your reading experience with your
book club,
university groups, local community group or in
your school classroom.  You certainly may
copy and distribute this material in its entirety
for educational purposes.

Penguin, my wonderful publisher, created a
short YouTube video about how CLIMBING
THE STAIRS was written. View it at

Or, if you prefer Spanish

If you are interested in learning more about the
background and themes in my debut novel,
CLIMBING THE STAIRS, I strongly urge you to
visit the novel's official website, This website
has several resources in addition to those
above and has a great deal of interesting
information on my debut novel.
a warning - clicking on the link
below will transport you away from this
current site!
* a memorable debut - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

* intricate and convincing - Booklist, Starred review

* will capture the hearts and minds of many - VOYA, Starred review

* a fine, often heart-breaking novel - The Providence Journal

* a passionate story - India Currents

* excels in its detailed depiction of a Brahmin girlhood at a time of change - Kirkus

* poignant - SLJ