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Podcast Episode


with Anuja Varghese
Hosted by Manahil Bandukwala


with Anuja Varghese
Hosted by Manahil Bandukwala
Anuja Varghese - Photo by Jesse Valvasori

Writers Festival Radio is pleased to present this conversation between Manahil Bandukwala and Anuja Varghese.


Chrysalis is the winner of the 2023 Governor General's Literary Award, a genre-blending stories of transformation and belonging that centre women of colour and explore queerness, family, and community.


A couple in a crumbling marriage faces divine intervention. A woman dies in her dreams again and again until she finds salvation in an unexpected source. A teenage misfit discovers a darkness lurking just beyond the borders of her suburban home.

The stories in Chrysalis, Anuja Varghese’s debut collection, are by turns poignant and chilling, blurring the lines between the real world and worlds beyond. Varghese delves fearlessly into complex intersections of family, community, sexuality, and cultural expectation, taking aim at the ways in which racialized women are robbed of power and revelling in the strange and dangerous journeys they undertake to reclaim it.


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