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Anuradha D. Rajurkar

Born: Chicago, Illinois
Connection to Illinois: Rajurkar was born and raised in Chicago. She holds two degrees from Northwestern University and currently lives in Evanston.

Biography: ANURADHA D. RAJURKAR is a teacher by day and a YA writer by night. She is a national recipient of the SCBWI Emerging Voices Award for her contemporary debut novel, American Betiya. Rajurkar now lives in Milwaukee.

  • American Betiya A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of 2022 A YALSA Best Best Fiction for Young Adults A Cosmopolitan Best 100 Books of All Time A Book Riot best YA Book of 2021 A South Asia Book Award 2022 honoree A Children's Cooperative 2022 Best Book of the Year A 2022 Nerdy Book Club Best Novel Award Winner

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Young adult readers


Selected Titles

American Betiya
ISBN: 1984897152 OCLC: 1157614707

Knopf 2021

Eighteen-year-old Rani, a budding photographer, grapples with first love, family boundaries, and the complications of a cross-cultural relationship.