The Liar's Weave
Born into 1920s Bombay, in a world where birth charts are real and one’s life is mapped in the stars, Zahan Merchant has a unique problem: he is born without a future.
The cosmic mistake gives him a strange and terrible power, the ability to change reality with his lies.
Now Zahan must navigate a world falling apart around him with each lie he tells, as those dedicated to upholding the world order start to upturn it and the ill-fated fight to change their fortunes. As both close in on him, Zahan will learn that—no matter his power—the Gods always, always build a catch.
Shortlisted for the Prabha Khaitan Woman's Voice Award.
Praise for The Liar's Weave
Intricate but wild, fragile but bloody, Tashan Mehta's The Liar’s Weave is both a fascinating literary debut and a journey into unexplored territories in Indian fantasy.
- Samit Basu, author of CHOSEN SPIRITS and THE CITY INSIDE
In its collapsing boundaries of form and content, the world of The Liar’s Weave creates its own, almost eerie, sense of uneasiness – an almost-vertigo, at times. And perhaps that, indeed, is what makes it such a memorable debut.
- Gautam Bhatia, author of THE WALL
There are many reasons to admire The Liar’s Weave, starting with the fact that a first-time novelist has even attempted something this bold and ambitious.
- Jai Arjun Singh, OPEN Magazine
Writing in simple but arresting prose, Mehta manages to pull the reader into her imagined worlds and lives with great ease, leaving them eager to know how Zahan’s story unfolds.
- Huzan Tata, Verve Magazine
Mehta is a name to look out for.
- Varsha Venugopal, Hindu BusinessLine