‘[An] even-handed, intense drama in a rich setting of myth and ritual … Consistently compelling’
‘With Mistress, Nair lives up to the promise of a masterful storyteller’
Times of India
Christopher, a young travel writer, arrives at a riverside resort in Kerala to meet Koman, a famous kathakali dancer. Immediately, he is sucked into a world of masks and repressed emotions, Koman is instantly drawn to this enigmatic young man—but so is his niece Radha. Excluded from this triangle is Shyam, Radha’s husband, who can only watch helplessly as she embraces Chris with a passion that he has never been able to draw from her. As the drama unfolds, the nuances and contradictions of the relationships being made and unmade come alive in this
searing novel of art and adultery.
‘Potently imbued with volcanic emotions of fury, contempt, fear, and wonder, Nair’s spirited tale of forbidden love … pulsates with
passion and desire’
‘Nair’s narrative powers and mastery of minutiae remain her forte’