The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Publisher: Vintage Canada
In this remaking of the myth of Orpheus, Rushdie tells the story of Vina Apsara, a pop star, and Ormus Cama, an extraordinary songwriter and musician, who captivate and change the world through their music and their romance. Beginning in Bombay in the fifties, moving to London in the sixties, and New York for the last quarter century, the novel pulsates with a half-century of music and celebrates the power of rock ‘n’ roll.

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The Keeper of Bees
On St.Valentine's Day, 1989, the last day of her life, the legendary popular singer Vina Apsara woke sobbing from a dream of human sacrifice in which she had been the intended victim. Bare-torsoed men resembling the actor Christopher Plummer had been gripping her by the wrists and ankles. Her body...
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"Dazzling--a wonderfully imagined and abundant novel about love and rock 'n' roll, about India and the United States, about gods and mortals, and about this crazy world we live in. Sheer joy." M.G. Vassanji, The Globe and Mail

“Lusty, sprawling, acid-high. With it, Rushdie enters a new rawness, a different madhouse, America.” The Washington Post

"This is Rushdie at his absolute, almost insolently global best--his adroit mastery of language serves brilliantly imagined characters and a mesmerizing narrative. Completely seductive." Toni Morrison

"Brilliant...unabashedly ambitious." Toronto Star

"From start to finish, this massive novel is in every way major.... The writing is funny, silly, erudite, crude, precise, unbuttoned. The fabulous and magical mix with the sordid and the profane.... Daring.... Extraordinary." The Gazette (Montreal)