PEACOCK IN THE SNOW – LAUNCHED by Inanna Publications, and at the 2018 Toronto International Festival of Authors– Toronto Lit Up series (sponsored by the City of Toronto Arts Council)
PEACOCK IN THE SNOW transcends the boundaries of time and country to give a fresh perspective on patriarchy, migration, and courage
TORONTO, CANADA (November 03, 2018):
In a sold out event Peacock in the Snow was launched on September 28, 2018, at Ben McNally Books on Bay Street Toronto.
Those who were able to grab this book are now sending in their feedback as nothing short of excellent, a page-turner, thrilling, spellbinding.
Peacock in the Snow is Anubha Mehta’s debut novel and was selected for sponsorship by Toronto Arts Council’s Toronto Lit Up.
On October 20, 2018, the Toronto International Festival of Authors, showcased and spotlighted Anubha in a ‘ Launch of Launches’ in a jam-packed event to a community of readers, patrons, writers, and authors.
Peacock in the Snow was declared as one of the most anticipated books to read for Fall 2018 by the 49th Shelf ( which is formed by the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Canadian Publishers’ Council, and endorsed by Department of Canadian Heritage and Amazon.ca).
On September 28, 2018, All Lit Up, a part of The Literary Press Group (an association of 60 independently-owned and -operated Canadian literary publishers), under its featured coverage of First Fiction Friday compared Peacock in the Snow with the works of two best selling – award-winning international authors.
“ Peacock in the Snow evokes the sensitive treatment of the clash between family and cultural tradition in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, set against the ominous specter of destiny that manifests in Janine Chang’s Three Souls”
Anubha has been invited to present several TV shows in Canada, reading from Peacock in the Snow, her journey as a writer and the global issues that affect her writing.
Anubha is now being called for Panel Interviews across Canada on various diasporic issues affecting South Asian and other communities.
Several Newspapers and Magazines in Toronto and the surrounding cities have been tracking Anubha’s journey and growth as an author and the success of Peacock in the Snow – from event to event.
About: PEACOCK IN THE SNOW
Peacock in the Snow has been described as a genre-bending thriller about the power of love, sacrifice and the tireless capacity of people to hope, strive and succeed despite challenging circumstances – as part of the 2018 International Festival of Authors’, Toronto Lit Up series and published by Inanna Publications.
Peacock in the Snow is a story of shy and naïve Maya and how her perfect life with her new husband Veer is thrown into complete disarray when she accidentally stumbles on an ancient family secret. What begins as unwelcome behaviour by Veer’s family soon turns into something sinister. Trapped within the dark walls of her married mansion, the secret begins to haunt Maya and draw a wedge with Veer. To escape the malicious spirits lingering in the house, Maya and Veer migrate to a distant land and start rebuilding their life amongst adventure and hardship. Not knowing that the ghosts of their past have followed them, in a race against time, Maya is put to a final test. Armed with conviction and courage, she sets out to face the dark forces that lie await.
Will Maya ever be free of a dark past? Will she be able to survive so far away from home? Will her marriage stand the test of time, displacement, and hardship in a new country?
“Peacock in the Snow is a story of acceptance, vengeance, and forgiveness,” says Anubha. “It is a story of optimism rooted in the imperfections of life. Maya’s acceptance makes her resilient and her courage leads to her redemption. The only way to overcome past wrongs was to face them, to conquer our fears and confront our inner demons”
“ This book talks about those sides of issues and isms, that fall within the shadows and silences of the noise- those aspects that are not often talked about. In Patriarchy’s forceful dominance – sometimes women get indoctrinated as its gatekeepers and vulnerable men surrender their personal life, dreams or love in a show of allegiance to this system ”, says Anubha
“Across the globe, these issues and isms don’t change, nor are they contained within geographic boundaries. They mutate with different cultures, colours, shapes, and forms and manifest in diversity of context, circumstance, and behaviours according to the tolerance and norms of the place.”, Anubha continues.
Set in both East and West, Peacock in the snow is a journey across continents, cultures, and generations. It brings to life the possibilities of myth and magic that exist on the fringes of reality.
“I am truly humbled by all the love and support that I’ve received. I hope I am able to hold everyone’s attention in the future too with my story-telling.”
PEACOCK IN THE SNOW is available in bookstores across North America on September 25, 2018 and is currently available online.