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26 Knots

26 Knots is a novel by Bindu Suresh.

Bindu Suresh

A crackling debut novel that starts with a fire and never stops smouldering.

Grand in scope, spare in execution, and lush in language, 26 Knots is a fable-like tale of love,
obsession, and everything in between.

Araceli and Adrien are two journalists who meet while covering a fire. From that moment, she is unable to forget him. Adrien then falls in love with Pénélope, who, in turn, is torn between him and Gabriel. Gabriel reciprocates her love, but is too tormented by his past, and by the search for his lost father, to be much of a husband or father himself.

Centred in Montreal and spiralling out into Ontario as Gabriel searches for the father he never knew, 26 Knots is a series of interlocking love stories that deftly reveal the devastating consequences of betrayal and commitment, of grief and hope. (From Invisible Publishing)

Why Bindu Suresh wrote 26 Knots

"As I was writing this book, I was thinking about how family, previous romantic relationships and one's own strengths and weaknesses influence the decisions people make in life. I was trying to explore that interplay.

"The style of the book — short episodic chapters — came naturally to me. I realized that it was a good way of telling the story that I wanted to tell. I got my start in writing when I was very young, initially as poetry. My initial preoccupation with writing was always with the beauty of the individual line — poetry in terms of phrasing — and then secondarily character and plot.

If I succeeded in having a reader take anything away from this book, if would be about reflect on their own relationships or why people make the decisions they do in relationships. I would consider that a success.- Bindu Suresh

"It turned out to be instrumental in terms of the story and the plot that I wanted to portray — and how I wanted the reader to be able to almost suspend their disbelief over narrative. It allowed me to zoom in on an intimate moment. It allowed me to skip through time and allow the reader, in a way, to populate what had been left unsaid.

"If I succeeded in having a reader take anything away from this book, if would be about reflect on their own relationships or why people make the decisions they do in relationships. I would consider that a success."

Read more in her interview with CBC Books.

Interviews with Bindu Suresh

According to CBC Books, Bindu Suresh's debut novel is one of the 28 works of Canadian fiction to watch for this spring. She talks about her book, a series of interwoven love stories that take place in Montreal. 10:04

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