A modern day King Lear set in contemporary India, Preti Taneja’s extraordinary novel We That Are Young tells the colossal power struggle between a billionaire patriarch and his three wildly different daughters. Epic in scope and fearlessly ambitious, the award winning We That Are Young explores the clash between old and new India and offers a panoramic, complex portrait of one of the world’s most dynamic nations.
Preti Taneja’s novel WE THAT ARE YOUNG won the 2018 Desmond Elliot Prize for the year’s best debut. She teaches writing in prison and universities and works in human rights, including in the UK, Middle East, Kosovo and Kashmir.
Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne.