“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.
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The Subtweet is a smart, snappy ode to the connection between ambitious women of colour—and a lament for what gets lost when you “make it.” Underground singer-songwriter Neela Devaki is floored when one of her songs goes viral thanks to a heartfelt cover by Rukmini, an alt-weekly writer and a bedroom musician with a formidable social following. The hit sparks an unlikely friendship, but Rukmini’s support for Neela comes at a cost. Multidisciplinary artist Vivek Shraya uses her personal experiences to inform this page-turning take on stardom, marginalization, and the icky side of social media.