A dazzling, operatic debut novel following three generations of a Muslim Indian family confronted with a nation on the brink of change.

Working as a consultant for Kamala Harris’s attorney general campaign in Obama-era San Francisco, Seema has constructed a successful life for herself in the West, despite still struggling with her father’s long-ago decision to exile her from the family after she came out as lesbian. Now, nine months pregnant and estranged from the Black father of her unborn son, Seema seeks solace in the company of those she once thought lost to her: her ailing mother, Nafeesa, traveling alone to California from Chennai, and her devoutly religious sister, Tahera, a doctor living in Texas with her husband and children.

But instead of a joyful reconciliation anticipating the birth of a child, the events of this fateful week unearth years of betrayal, misunderstanding, and complicated layers of love—a tapestry of emotions as riveting and disparate as the era itself.

Told from the point of view of Seema’s child at the moment of his birth, and infused with the poetry of Wordsworth and Keats and verses from the Quran, Radiant Fugitives is a moving tale of a family and a country grappling with acceptance, forgiveness, and enduring love.

"A rare marvel, an intimate epic of faith and family, love and politics." —Peter Ho Davies
"Elegantly crafted, and luminously written, a fearless exploration of the clash between identity, sexuality, and religion." —Manil Suri
A tender and heartbreaking love letter to San Francisco, to family, faith, tradition, and all the ways we get lost in them." —Natashia Deón
"A profound exploration of our common humanity, and the ways in which we are more alike than different." —Wally Lamb
“An exquisite tale that explores the contradictions, love, compassion, and forgiveness in a family divided by tradition, sexuality, religion, patriarchy, and geography.” —Susan Abulhawa
"Lyrical and deeply moving, about the search for love, acceptance, and family, both chosen and received." —Vanessa Hua
"A beautiful novel, full of light and luminous sentences. This is a writer to watch, a voice we need." —Matthew Salesses