Sampurna Chattarji’s Just Looking in the current issue of Out of Print received much interest and attention. We are delighted to share with you the blurb of her latest novel, Land of The Well, soon to be released by Harper Collins India.
It is Goa in the monsoons. A shy and lonely teenager finds himself drawn towards a group of holidaymakers. In their midst is Momo, the woman he would do anything to be close to. As if sensing his willingness, the group spends the day ‘testing’ him before pronouncing him worthy of their friendship and their disclosures about themselves.
Challenged by his new-found friends to provide an answer to the riddle of their condition, the boy tells them the story of the Land of the Well. Expecting praise and further acceptance, he is horrified when the outcome is an alienation more extreme than he has ever faced before.
A novel that examines this age of anxiety, wherein the bodies of the young and successful break down in ways that mirror their innermost traumas, Land of the Well walks the line between reality and delusion, between treachery and trust.