A Novel of the Anthropocene

By (author): Jaspreet Singh
ISBN 9781927366974
Softcover | Publication Date: May 3, 2022
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
256 Pages

About the Book

In his playful yet deeply serious third novel Jaspreet Singh links a fossil fraud in India, an ice core archive in Canada, and a climate change laboratory in Germany.

Jaspreet Singh’s much anticipated third novel traces a past crime that suddenly becomes confrontable on another continent. Lila, a brilliant Indian-born science journalist, and Lucia, an aspiring European-born writer, meet at a creative writing workshop in Calgary. Both try to use fiction to work through real-life trauma, but their entangled paths may reach all the way back to Lila’s time as a geology student in the foothills of the Himalayas.

How best to tell Lila’s story and follow the links between a fossil fraud in India, an ice core archive in Canada, the Burgess Shale quarry, and a climate change laboratory in Germany? As their detective work unfolds, the two women encounter some of today’s most urgent and fascinating science, as well as the many shapes of internal criticism in the sciences. They also come face to face with ecological grief and human-non-human entanglements. With this playful and deeply serious genre-blurring work, Singh gives a new direction to the novel in the Anthropocene.

About the Author(s)

Jaspreet Singh’s non-fiction has appeared in Granta, Brick,, and the New York Times. He is the author of the novels Chef and Helium, the story collection Seventeen Tomatoes, the poetry collection November, and most recently, the memoir My Mother, My Translator. His work has been published internationally and has been translated into several languages. He lives in Calgary.