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
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
Befriend one reader that will close the last page and feel that their life was illuminated in some way. — Shobha Rao
Sound is life. — Shobha Rao
I had never, in all of my life, known a silence that profound. — Shobha Rao