V. Madabushi (Viddiest on QT) has signed with agent Rachel Crawford of Wolf Literary Services.
36-year-old Malli has not spoken out loud with another human being in thirteen years. Most people assume Malli is mute from birth, but she suffers from an unusual anxiety disorder that prevents her from speaking except when her voice rules are met. Rarely leaving her home in Bangalore, India, the highlight of Malli's life is the weekly phone call at 8 pm Sunday from her brother, Surya, who is studying in Australia. All Malli is able to contribute from her end is to tap the phone when a response is required of her. When Surya fails to call one Sunday, Malli's quiet life is thrown into disarray, forcing her to travel to Australia on a quest to find him.
Seeking answers online, Malli is grateful when a user on a Missing Persons forum offers to be her traveling companion. She is unprepared, however, for the wildly unconventional and embarrassingly outspoken man who turns up at her doorstep. Together, this odd couple must forge a bond to navigate their way to Surya.
In Sydney, student life is less glamourous than Surya imagined. He can endure the racist comments, the dirty bathrooms and the abysmal pay if it will secure him the elusive work visa which will allow him to stay in the country. However, when Surya falls in love with his employer's ‘girlfriend', it will lead him to question his values and commit an act of love, risking everything for which he has worked so hard.
Set in the precarious world of people living in the margins of society, the non-linear narrative spans a period of three weeks alternating between Malli's and Surya's journeys until their two timelines meet.
Readers of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma will enjoy this modern, political and unconventional love story.