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The Subtweet

A Novel
Written by: Vivek Shraya
Narrated by: Nisha Ahuja
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

"Biting and beautiful." (Jonny Sun, author of everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too)

Everyone talks about falling in love, but falling in friendship can be just as captivating. When Neela Devaki's song is covered by internet-famous artist Rukmini, the two musicians meet and a transformative friendship begins. 

But as Rukmini's star rises and Neela's stagnates, jealousy and self-doubt creep in. With a single tweet, their friendship implodes, one career is destroyed, and the two women find themselves at the center of an internet firestorm. 

Celebrated multidisciplinary artist Vivek Shraya's second novel is a stirring examination of making art in the modern era, a love letter to brown women, an authentic glimpse into the music industry, and a nuanced exploration of the promise and peril of being seen.

©2020 Vivek Shraya (P)2020 ECW Press

What the critics say

"So engaging. I can’t think of anything I’ve read that has captured Twitter culture so well. There is something special in this book that really touches on the absurdity and pressure of social media and art. I couldn’t put it down." (Sara Quin, of Tegan and Sara)

"The Subtweet is a smart, funny, incisive, heart-crushing interrogation of art, race, friendship, social media, and the music industry. These characters and their self-destructive self-doubt are compelling, real, and vivid. I wanted to live-tweet my reading because I’m just obsessed." (Andrea Warner, author of Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography)  

"A subtle mystery - it captures the adrenaline-filled strange alienation and over-visibility of social media, the sedimentations of racism, and the vicissitudes of female friendship. This is a literary novel as well as a hyper-contemporary one. I literally gasped." (Erin Wunker, author of Notes from a Feminist Killjoy)  

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