Western Lane

Chetna Maroo

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Pan Macmillan
11 May 2023
ISBN: 9781529094626
Hardback
176 pages

From the publisher

'Terrific . . . A bold book [and] a quietly brilliant one' - A. D. Miller, author of Snowdrops

'WOW. Western Lane is glorious. You'll want to read it over and over again.' - Aravind Adiga, author of The White Tiger

A beautiful and moving first novel about grief, sisterhood and a teenage girl's struggle to transcend herself.


Eleven-year-old Gopi has been playing squash since she was old enough to hold a racket. When her mother dies, her father enlists her in a quietly brutal training regimen, and the game becomes her world. Slowly, she grows apart from her sisters. Her life is reduced to the sport, guided by its rhythms: the serve, the volley, the drive, the shot and its echo.

But on the court, she is not alone. She is with her pa. She is with Ged, a thirteen-year-old boy with his own formidable talent. She is with the players who have come before her. She is in awe.

An indelible coming-of-age story, Chetna Maroo's first novel captures the ordinary and annihilates it with beauty. Western Lane is a valentine to innocence, to the closeness of sisterhood, to the strange ways we come to know ourselves and each other.