Praise for Lunch with a Bigot

“An exuberantly inquisitive collection of essays.” (Kirkus Review)

“These are the very best sort of essays: the kind in which the pleasure of reading derives from the pleasure of following a writer’s mind as it moves from subject to subject, making us see connections we might otherwise have been unaware of. Often a single paragraph contains such a story or detail so arresting that the reader must pause to appreciate it before moving on.” (Francine Prose, author of Reading Like a Writer)

“Stimulating, wide-ranging, learned and funny—exactly what one wants from a book of essays.” (Geoff Dyer, author of But Beautiful: A Book about Jazz)

“Amitava Kumar is a sensitive, probing, erudite writer, always ready to question others and himself. It turns out his ceaseless curiosity and skepticism is the best way to write about India in all its complexity and heterogeneity—his is a fascinating mind turned towards a crucial subject.” (Edmund White, author of Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris)

“While Kumar writes for a mainstream audience, he isn’t interested in catering to mainstream assumptions of any kind…” Los Angeles Review of Books

“While reading Lunch with a Bigot, I couldn’t shake Kenneth Burke’s now forgotten formulation of literature as ‘equipment for living.'”Staff Pick at Flavorwire

“Ten Best Books by Academic Publishers in 2015”

“Kumar is an artful, frank and clean-cut writer, with a compassionate curious mind and a dry sense of humor.” Shelf Awareness

“Superb collection of essays… beautifully real.”  OPEN Magazine

“Instead of asking that hammer-beaten question—What is the real?—Kumar sets out to map it.” Mint-Lounge