A coming-of-age tale about an American woman, set in the foothills of Kathmandu and the red-light district of Mumbai.
“In her instantly suspenseful first novel, Daphne Beal cracks open a world that most of us know only from newspapers and TV: the trafficking of young women. Her intimate knowledge of Nepal - the landscapes and customs, the everyday lives of its people - shines from these pages, making her a frank and humane tour guide into an underworld she makes fully her own” – Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach.
“In the Land of No Right Angles is a quietly urgent meditation on what it means to be a traveler not only of the world, but of one's own ever-changing, inner topography. Daphne Beal artfully balances clarity and chaos, and explores how even the thinnest line of human connection, extending over time zones and cultures and years, can alter a person for good. Her debut is a subtly resonant masterpiece.”
— Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock: A Diary
“A haunting, spare, fascinating novel. From the first disarming sentence, I was hooked. Set in Kathmandu and Bombay, this is the story of a strange and powerful friendship. . . . A gripping story, gorgeously told, beautifully understated. What I love about the book is the complex, wholly original and completely authentic relationships between the three principle characters. It is a sharp, keenly observed meditation on friendship, on desire.”
— Alison Smith, author of Name All the Animals
The New York Times Magazine
Condé Nast Traveler, Dec. 2017
A travel article exploring the heart of the historical Silk Road in the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan.