Book Title: THE CHAI HOUSE
by Priti Srivastava
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 123 pages
Genre: Dystopian Thriller, Feminist Fiction, Horror
Publisher: Independently Published
Release date: December 8, 2020
Content Rating: R: The story takes place under fascist rule. There are descriptions of war, violence, rape, and forced birth.
The Chai House is a haunting debut novel that explores the complexity of community when individuals are unaware of their own roles in upholding systems of oppression. Swati has spent her entire life trying to live up to her family’s expectations of her. She has learned it is easiest to just do what is asked of her, without resistance; a skill that has helped her survive in the early years of the Knights, an authoritarian regime. When her mother has a request for Swati, she agrees to it as it is the only way to help her young niece have some sort of future. An emotional page turner, The Chai House examines the desire to be true to yourself in a world where familial, cultural, societal, and political values direct you to stay small and stay silent.
1. What made you write a feminist horror novel?Like many authors, I have always written books that I wanted to read. I have always written feminist fiction and thought it was time to try and tell a horror story told from a feminist perspective.
2. Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
This question makes me think of the Bob Ross quote, ‘Beauty is everywhere. You only have to look to see it.’ The same is true of my stories, there is so much inspiration surrounding us, all it takes is a spark and then the time to get words on to paper!
3. What advice would you give budding writers?
My advice comes from the wisdom every writer has – write, write, write & when you are ready, share your words with the world!
4. What is your next project?
I am excited to be writing a post-apocalyptic feminist story that takes place outside of The Chai House universe!
5. What is the last great book you’ve read?
The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun. I could not put this book down and the story stayed with me long after I read the last page.
Meet the Author:
Priti Srivastava lives in Madison, Wisconsin with their best friends. Priti works to create inclusive spaces as they hope that one day everyone will feel as though they belong. When Priti isn’t working or doing chores, they enjoy playing video games, making their friends laugh, eating samosas, and sitting quietly. They also love to read and on the rarest of occasions Priti writes about Priti in the third person. Priti loves to connect with readers. Follow them on social media to request a virtual visit with your book club.
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