Madras on Rainy Days

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Madras on Rainy Days
Madras on Rainy Days book cover
Author Samina Ali
Language English
Genre Fiction
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
Pages 309
Awards Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
ISBN 9780374195625

Madras on Rainy Days is a novel written by Samina Ali and published in 2004.


The books explores the life of Layla, a second generation Indian-American Muslim. Layla, torn between clashing identities, agrees to her parents' wish for her to leave America and submit to an arranged marriage, Layla enters into the closed world of tradition and ritual as the wedding preparations get underway in Hyderabad.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2004, Madras on Rainy Days received the Rona Jaffe Foundation Award in Fiction.[1] The book also won the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award in 2005,[2] and was awarded the Prix Premier Roman Étranger 2005 Award in France.[3]

In July 2014, the book was chosen as a best debut novel of the yearby Poets & Writers magazine. The magazine featured Samina on the cover in July/August 2004 issue.[4]


  1. ^ "Rona Jaffe Foundation Celebrates Ten Years of Honoring Women Writers". PW. 5 October 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "JFK Library to Host 2005 Hemingway/PEN and L.L. Winship/PEN New England Literary Awards". 7 March 2005. JFK Library. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "How Muslim Women Are Waging a Jihad for Peace". The Daily Beast. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "PW July/August 2004". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 

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