The Dream Builders Launch with Oindrila Mukherjee

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - 7:00pm

Schuler Books
2660 28th Street SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

We are honored to host the book launch of The Dream Builders with local author and GVSU Professor Oindrila Mukherjee! The Dream Builders is a compelling novel about India today, and people impacted by globalization everywhere. Anyone who has ever left home, then felt they didn’t quite fit when they returned, will see themselves in its main character Maneka. 

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About the Book
After living in the US for years, Maneka Roy returns home to India to mourn the loss of her mother and finds herself in a new world. The booming city of Hrishipur where her father now lives is nothing like the part of the country where she grew up, and the more she sees of this new, sparkling city, the more she learns that nothing—and no one—here is as it appears. Ultimately, it will take an unexpected tragic event for Maneka and those around her to finally understand just how fragile life is in this city built on aspirations.

Written from the perspectives of ten different characters, Oindrila Mukherjee’s incisive debut novel explores class divisions, gender roles, and stories of survival within a society that is constantly changing and becoming increasingly Americanized. It’s a story about India today, and people impacted by globalization everywhere: a tale of ambition, longing, and bitter loss that asks what it really costs to try and build a dream.


About the Author:
Oindrila Mukherjee is an associate professor of creative writing at Grand Valley State University. She grew up in Kolkata, India, and resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

About the Conversationalist: 
Adam Schuitema is the author of the short-story collections The Things We Do That Make No Sense (2017) and Freshwater Boys (2010) and the novel Haymaker (2015). His works have twice been named Michigan Notable Books by the Library of Michigan.

The Dream Builders By Oindrila Mukherjee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953534637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: Tin House Books - January 10th, 2023