Avni Doshi was born in New Jersey and lives in Dubai. She has a BA in art history from Barnard College in New York and a Masters in history of art from University College London. She was awarded the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize in 2013 and a Charles Pick Fellowship in 2014. Her writing has appeared in British Vogue, Granta and The Sunday Times. Her first novel, Burnt Sugar, was originally released in India under the title Girl in White Cotton, where it won the 2021 Sushila Devi Award and was longlisted for the 2019 Tata First Novel Prize. Upon publication in the UK, Burnt Sugar was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. In 2021, it was longlisted for the Women’s Prize. Named a 2020 Book of the Year by the Guardian, Economist, Spectator and NPR, it is being published in 25 languages. Avni is currently working on her second book.


Her book explores the mother-daughter relationship deeply which isn’t common enough and that’s evident in some of the criticisms Doshi has received on her book. One man felt there wasn’t enough focus or importance put on the male characters in the book to which Doshi responded with, “It’s a specific kind of privilege when you expect to see your reflection in every surface,” she says. “The comment says more about him than it does about me and the book.”

Doshi never thought about having a kid herself but wrote her character to have one. By the time her book was published (it took 8 drafts before it did), she gave birth to a son. Doshi’s character experiences postpartum depression which Doshi did too. She finds this topic important to be talked about and shared because it is found to be shameful and so women suffer through it privately.



This link has links to her interviews. They are worth reading through.