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The Trade Division publishes a distinguished list of Asian interest titles in both hardcover and paperback. Prestigious authors include Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anchee Min, Amitav Gosh, Monique Truong, and Anita Desai. Mariner Books is also proud to announce a new anthology of short fiction from South Asian writers, Story-Wallah, a paperback original. For more fiction highlights, please browse Bestsellers and Recent Catalogs, and don't miss the reading group guides.

Empress Orchid

The Namesake: A Novel

Reader's Guide

A National Bestseller

From a master of the historical novel, Empress Orchid sweeps readers into the heart of the Forbidden City to tell the fascinating story of a young Chinese concubine who becomes China's last empress.

Anchee Min is also the author of two novels set in China's Cultural Revolution: Becoming Madame Mao and Wild Ginger.

A New York Times Bestseller

"An intimate, closely observed family portrait that effortlessly and discreetly unfolds to disclose a capacious social vision . . . dazzling . . . assured and eloquent." — Michiko Kukutani, New York Times

See and hear the author discuss The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri is also the author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection – Interpreter of Maladies.

Fasting, Feasting

The Hungry Tide

A Booker Prize Finalist

"Anita Desai is considered one of the foremost Indian authors writing in English. Her novels convey the tangled complexities of Indian tradition, with an economy of language that is clean, simple, and elegantly straightforward." — Denver Post

Anita Desai is also the author of Diamond Dust, Baumgartner's Bombay, The Clear Light of Day, and most recently, The Zigzag Way.

New in Hardcover

"One doesn't so much read Ghosh's masterful fifth novel as inhabit his characters and the alluring if treacherous Sundarban archipelago, 'the ragged fringe of [India's] sari,' where it is set . . . an intricate narrative that moves fluidly between past and present." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Amitav Gosh is also the author of two novels set in India: The Circle of Reason and The Shadow Lines.


The Book of Salt

A Mariner Original Paperback

Features stories by Michael Ondaatje, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Bharati Mukherjee, Hanif Kureishi, Monica Ali, and others.

Asian American Literary Award

"This sumptuous debut weaves cooking, language, cravings, and cruelty around a pseudo-historical figure [the Indochine cook for Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein]." — Village Voice, Top 25 Books of the Year

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