Meet Us by the Roaring Sea: A Novel

Meet Us by the Roaring Sea: A Novel

by Akil Kumarasamy
Meet Us by the Roaring Sea: A Novel

Meet Us by the Roaring Sea: A Novel

by Akil Kumarasamy


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“A spellbinding book.” —Megha Majumdar

“Akil Kumarasamy is a singular talent.” —Cathy Park Hong

In the near future, a young woman finds her mother’s body starfished on the kitchen floor in Queens and sets out on a journey through language, archives, artificial intelligence, and TV for a way back into herself. She begins to translate an old manuscript about a group of female medical students beset by a drought and living at the edge of a war as they create a new way of existing to help the people around them. As she works on the translation, her life and the manuscript become entangled.

Later, the arrival of a childhood friend, a stranger, and an unusual AI project force her to question her own moral compass. How involved are we in the suffering of others? What does real compassion look like? How do you make a better world?

Written in vivid and pulsating prose that alternates between the young woman’s life and passages of the translated manuscript, Akil Kumarasamy’s Meet Us by the Roaring Sea is a remarkable, genre-bending exploration of memory, technology, friendship, love, consciousness, and the costs of caring for others in an age when we are caught within the swamps of our own minds.

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ISBN-13: 9780374177706
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 08/23/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 238,913
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Akil Kumarasamy is the author of the linked story collection Half Gods, which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, was awarded the Bard Fiction Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, American Short Fiction, BOMB, and other publications. She has received fellowships from the University of East Anglia, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She is an assistant professor in the Rutgers University–Newark MFA program.

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