Shruti Swamy

Monday, September 27th, 5:30 pm Central

Join us as we toast a stunning first novel by an acclaimed young Indian-American talent! 

Shruti Swamy’s astonishing story collection, A House is a Body, was one of last year’s most heralded debuts. Now this young Indian-American talent has unleashed her first novel, The Archer(Algonquin Books), a captivating coming-of-age story that explores a woman’s intricate relationship to art, culture, and tradition. Compared by author C Pam Zhang to cinematic masterpieces by the great Satyajit Ray—like Ray, Swamy evokes an India that resists flat stereotype and teems with exuberance, beauty, and life”—The Archer is bound to become a 12st-century classic. 

Free to attend, registration required. We hope to “see” you there!


A copy of the book, which includes a bookplate SIGNED by Shruti Swamy, can be purchased in advance using the button below! Books are provided by Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis; purchasing The Archer here helps support them AND Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival—thank you!

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Price: $28

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Price: $32

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This is a singular work, a story of a dancer, and of a hungry self seated at the table of womanness and desire and art, told with unparalleled originality and elegance. Swamy writes with a thrilling clarity of vision that wakes the sleepwalker right into joyful consciousness. . . I will hold this novel close, and return to it for companionship, for instruction, and for pure pleasure.

—Meng Jin

The Archer is a stunning novel, as intimate and visceral as an expertly executed dance. Swamy’s arresting and immersive prose vibrates with attention, and does what the best writing does: it leaves me more alive in my own body, and renders the world around me richer—more layered—with meaning. Meditating on what it means to be an artist (and a woman), Swamy has created her own wondrous work of art—singular, unforgettable, and important.

—Rachel Khong

“Shruti’s Swamy’s The Archer combines exquisite prose with a kind of rare narrative propulsion. I found myself reading slower and slower, to make the sentences last even longer. By the end I was exhilarated and deeply moved. The Archer is a flat-out gorgeous piece of work.” 

—Peter Orner

About the Author:

Shruti Swamy is the author of the story collection A House Is a Body, which was a finalist for the Pen/Robert Bingham Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction, and longlisted for the Story Prize. Her work has been published by the Paris ReviewMcSweeney’sPrairie Schooner, and elsewhere, and she is the winner of two O. Henry Awards. A Kundiman fiction fellow and a 2017–18 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, she lives in San Francisco.