Annu Subramanian's new novel, ANOTHER HEAVEN, exposes with unflinching honesty and deep psychological insight the twisted relationship between terrorism and human trafficking. ANOTHER HEAVEN may be difficult to digest in part, but its frankness and refusal to turn away from the unsparing horror of its terrible premise make the book an essential addition to the literature of terrorism and its links to international human trafficking.
Subramanian, a self-described “writer of conscience,”
In ANOTHER HEAVEN, Tina Matthew, a young American doctoral student in psychology, goes to India for an internship in counter-terrorism. On temporary assignment in Chennai, India, Tina works with Dr. Neil Shaker, an American psychoanalyst who becomes her mentor. Tina unwittingly becomes embroiled in a nightmare in which the terrorist madman Usman, who is poisoned by religious fanaticism, executes his deadly missions through the psychological manipulation of victims of human trafficking. One of his key acolytes is Maya, a tragic victim of human trafficking, whose horrific experience under Usman's spell changes the course of Tina's life and the course of the novel itself. Usman's belief that he will go to heaven because of his terrible actions gives ironic meaning to the novel's title.
While ANOTHER HEAVEN can be read as a fully-realized story unto itself, Subramanian's main purpose in writing the book, she says, is to “call for a bold campaign against a system that systematically demolishes humanity.” Subramanian decided to write her “research-
“I come from a part of the world which is still facing religious upheavals and human trafficking,”
With ANOTHER HEAVEN, Subramanian succeeds beyond expectations in combining a compelling story with prevalent tough issues, which she hopes will be digested and understood by her readers.
What critics and readers are saying:
“The basic message of the novel seems to me to be one of hope. Hope that these terrible actions can be better understood and better dealt with; hope that better understanding and education will lead to fewer of these events in the future; and finally, hope that with better tools and ideas there will be fewer people drawn to these perverse and distorted perspectives that are so appealing to those who are the unwitting pawns in games neither of their understanding nor their choosing.”
Dr. Rudy Nydegger
Professor of psychology and management, Union College and Union Graduate College, New York
“A fascinating story with a suspenseful plot and rich with characters you care about and root for until the end.”
Professional media lecturer, SUNY Albany
“I was hooked to the novel right from the prologue!”
Inez Bracy International, Living Smart and Well-Online Radio
About the Author
Annu Subramanian is the director of the Writing Center at Brown School, Schenectady, New York. She co-founded Albany Women Connection, a support group in Albany, New York. She was chosen as one of four national finalists by the Norman Mailer Center and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 2011 for her short story,SO FAIR AND VERY LOVELY. She was chosen as Educator of Excellence in 2011 by the New York State English Council. See author's web site at www.annusubramanian.com
Soft cover, $14; E-book, $6
ISBN-10: 193407487X - Soft cover
Publication date: May, 2013
Published by Apprentice House
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