Praise & Reviews

“Padukone’s writing abounds with vivid description. She has a keen eye for detail and her vignettes of New York City are especially worth savoring…[she] traces [characters’ journeys] without forcing resolutions, giving them room to doubt and to believe in the possibility of redemption.” 
– Asian Review of Books

“Writing with the sensitivity of the new generation of Indian authors, Padukone crafts an inspiring tale of sorrow, love, and redemption.”
Washington Independent Review of Books Blog

“A beautiful novel of loneliness and belonging, the meaning of family and the necessity of love.”
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“A fascinating, gripping account.”
-The New Indian Express

[Where Earth Meets Water] is compelling as [Padukone] writes with grace and wit about grief, moving on, and accepting love.”

“Where Earth Meets Water can provide an escape that not only takes you around the globe, but also makes you think about how unseen forces effect your own life.”
– Metro US

“…Padukone has created a rich cast of unforgettable characters who struggle to survive past disappointments, the deaths of loved ones, abandonment, and unrequited love. Her debut novel demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the cultures of both America and India, a sense of the world as a powerful place, and the redeeming values of adoration and belief in the person you love. A powerful read for those who enjoy beautifully written multi-cultural fiction.”
– The Library Journal

“Smart and insightful, a worthy addition to the burgeoning field of new Indian literature.”
– Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and Little Failure: A Memoir

“Padukone offers a gripping tale of one man’s haunting sorrows, the wounds that bind a people, and the redemptive power of love. An unforgettable debut by a very promising young writer.”
– Patricia Engel, author of It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris, and Vida

“Pia Padukone adeptly captures the aspirations and heartbreak of her engaging characters – how tragedy marks them, love drives them and need makes them ruthless.”
– Manil Suri, author of The City of Devi

“Gently evocative and skillfully narrated, Pia Padukone’s novel is a sensitive portrayal of the relationship between a young American woman of Indo-Norwegian origin and her partner, who is haunted by the memory of his own past. The book highlights the importance of stories and how we remember them, and it captures the nuances of the place that family holds in one’s life. The narrative smoothly transitions through time and space, transporting the reader to another world. A promising debut from a talented novelist.”
– Shashi Tharoor, author of The Great Indian Novel