The House of Nails: Memories of a New Delhi Childhood


52 pages
8.5" x 5.5" single signature with hand sewn binding
Published July 2016

“What we remember from childhood we remember forever –permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen. “

                                                            ~ Cynthia Ozick

It is in Sayantani Dasgupta’s childhood home that she falls in love with ghosts.  It is also here, in the House of Nails, that she falls in love with stories, her narrative voice taking in and reckoning with the people and situations of her New Delhi home and the world at large.  The result:  a beautifully rendered memoir of childhood, history, and culture.  The themes of her own stories carry a timely and universal appeal, poignantly illustrated in terms of a young person’s memory.