Shobha talks about how she came to write her novel, Girls Burn Brighter, after coming to terms with a universal truth: nothing endures, except for the amount of heart we put into our creations.
About the speaker
Shobha Rao is the author of the short story collection, An Unrestored Woman, and the novel, Girls Burn Brighter. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015. Girls Burn Brighter has been longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and is a finalist for the California Book Award. She lives in San Francisco.
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You don't have to write something perfect. You don't have to write something timeless. You have to write something that befriends one reader. — Shobha Rao
...and every day I carry with me that thing that I came to understand, that now flows in my veins, and that is that nothing endures, nothing does. And maybe nothing should endure. But how much we put into it, how much heart we put into it, that is the measure of our lives. There may be, in fact, no other measure of our lives." — Shobha Rao
Nothing endures. Nothing does. But how much we put into [our creative work], how much heart — that is the measure of our lives. — Shobha Rao
"(By this point,) I had enough rejections to wallpaper my entire apartment." — Shobha Rao
Sound is life. — Shobha Rao