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Chats Ep. 12: On Ambition, Immigration, Class in "Gold Diggers"



Writer and journalist Sanjena Sathian in conversation with then-Creative Director & Advisory Editor Vishakha Darbha about rule-breaking, questions from her publishing team and whether explaining world-building came easily to the writing of her debut novel, Gold Diggers (Random House, 2021), what makes a "good" immigrant novel, and writing about the Indian-American diaspora.

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SANJENA SATHIAN is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Gold Diggers, currently being adapted for TV with Mindy Kaling. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Southern Humanities Review, The Best American Short Stories 2022, and more. She’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a former Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. She lives in Atlanta and is currently a Fiction Fellow at Emory University.

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A live conversation with debut novelist Sanjena Sathian.

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