Everything Here Belongs to You
By Saborna Roychowdhury
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Parul is a Muslim maid sold by her father to a middle class Hindu family. She lives comfortably among the family but is always treated like a second-class citizen. When she comes of age, she meets and starts a love affair with a radical Muslim, Rahim. He poisons her mind with hatred toward her Hindu family and toward America. When the Hindu father brings an American boy to live with them while he trains for the Olympics, Rahim brainwashes Parul into sabotaging the American boy however she can. The American boy, Michael and the young Hindu daughter fall in love after a rocky first few months living together. The story unwinds as we learn more about the background of each of the characters and comes to a head when Parul commits her final betrayal at the end of the novel. After learning that he has accidently gotten her pregnant, Rahim uses Parul to exact his revenge upon the American boy. Parul accuses Michael of rape and soon an angry mob descends upon Michael and the Hindu family.
Author Saborna Roychowdhury
Saborna’s second novel, “Everything Here Belongs to You,” was released in June by Texas based publisher, Black Rose Writing and received a starred review from Indie Reader. Kirkus Reviews called her book, “A heart-wrenching family drama, as powerful as it is delicate." The novel was well-received in other publications in the U.S. and elsewhere, including the Sublime Book Review and Readers' Favorite.
On September 1st, 2022, her book, won 3rd Place/Bronze Medal in the prestigious Reader's Favorite International Book Awards contest, competing against thousands of entrants worldwide, category Fiction-Drama. Reader's Favorite Book Awards receives submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers.
In 2004, Saborna’s short story “Bengal Monsoon” appeared in New York Stories magazine and received a Pushcart Prize nomination.
Saborna was born and raised in Kolkata, India, and moved to the U.S. for undergraduate work in chemistry. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and twin daughters. When she is not writing and chasing fictional characters, she is a very earnest Chemistry Instructor at various Community Colleges.