Amla Mater


Amla Mater

by Devi Menon

In the stillness of autumn, I feel I can almost hear someone hum ‘Lokame tharavadu (the world is my home)….’

In her tiny flat in East London, as Mili waits for her baby to arrive, little things remind her of her life in India­­—the scent of jasmine flowers, a heavy downpour, a late-night cup of coffee, an amla or gooseberry—and she is overcome with a deep desire to recreate the flavors of her childhood. Can a jar of amla pickle help her travel back to that safe haven she once called home?

In this sweetly nostalgic graphic novel, the narrator recounts her meandering journey from her ancestral village in South India to the United Kingdom, capturing the deep feeling of longing for home that shapes the lives of emigrants everywhere. (Summer 2018)

Advance praise:

“Devi Menon’s wonderfully told story explores notions of home, identity and longing in her lyrical homage to memory.” – Nicola Streeten, author of award-winning graphic memoir, Billy, Me & You

“This deceptively easy, breezy G-rated graphic novel tugs on thematic threads of inheritance, social hierarchy, entrenched hetero-normative gender expectations, career apathy and burnout, globalization, and pop culture touchstones in entertainment media. Instead of a bath bomb, Amla Mater is an idea bomb where thoughts about moving through life in a hetero female embodiment keep fizzing in the brain long after reading the last page.” – Cardyn Brooks Reviews, Media Diversified

“Amla Mater, can easily be called a ‘coming of age’ kind of book for it captures the various stages in a woman’s life exceptionally well. The climax had me in happy tears, as I witnessed the power of true friendship and heartfelt relationships. It left me joyous on having found a friend in Mili.” – Namrata, The Same


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