The publishing house will bring out a new work of fiction by the award-winning author of the Bengal Trilogy

New Delhi, 23 December 2019 : Penguin Random House India announces the acquisition of The Start Up Wife by award winning writer Tahmima Anam. Canongate in the UK and Scribner in the US will publish the book simultaneously. In India, it will be published under the Hamish Hamilton imprint, home to some of the most distinguished titles in literary fiction. The Start Up Wife will be released in the spring of 2021.

When high school sweethearts Asha Ray and Cyrus Jones build an algorithm to replace religion, they have no idea they will someday be running WAI, one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. As WAI grows in numbers and influence, their marriage is tested as Asha finds herself increasingly in Cyrus’s shadow. In the meantime, Asha builds a community of female founders among her eccentric officemates at Utopia, the New York incubator where WAI is being developed.

THE STARTUP WIFE takes a sharp, satirical look at marriage, work, and female friendship in the age of peak technology.

Tahmima Anam is an award-winning novelist, short story writer (winner of an O Henry Prize and featured in Best American Short Stories) and Harvard-educated Anthropologist. Her work has been published in Granta, The New York Times, and The Guardian. She is also on the board of ROLI, a music technology startup with offices in New York and London.

Commenting on her upcoming book, the author Tahmima Anam says, ‘This is the feminist rom-com I’ve been waiting my whole life to write – a story about love, invention, and feminist geekdom. I’m thrilled to be reuniting with Meru Gokhale and Penguin Random House for its publication.’

Meru Gokhale, Publisher of Penguin Press, Penguin Random House India, says, ‘‘Tahmima is one of the most energetic writers out there and I am so delighted that we are working together again after her stunning Bengal Trilogy.’


About Penguin Random House India

Penguin Random House India is the largest English language trade publisher in the subcontinent, publishing over 250 new titles every year and with an active backlist of over 3000 titles. With a strong fiction and non-fiction list, it publishes across every segment including biography, travel, business, politics, history, religion and philosophy, lifestyle, cookery, health and fitness, sports and leisure, visual books and children’s books. The children’s titles are published under the Puffin imprint.

Penguin Random House India’s illustrious list includes Booker Prize-winning novels and winners of virtually every major literary prize, including the Nobel Prize, the Magsaysay Award, the Jnanpith Award, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Several of PRHI’s authors are also recipients of the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, India’s highest civilian honors.

Penguin Random House India is also the exclusive distribution partner for several leading local and international publishing houses in India and the sub-continent.

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Pallavi Narayan