Next up in our official book playlist series, we welcome Anita Anand’s A Convergence of Solitudes—a novel with music at its very heart. Needless to say, we were excited for this one!
“A Convergence of Solitudes is an ambitious novel structured as a double album and focusing on two different families. Over the decades that their stories unfold, members of both clans grapple with solitude in its myriad forms. The novel paints a multicultural portrait of Montreal as characters converge on the city from around the world: India, Vietnam, England, Ireland. Fans of seventies prog rock will catch the sly references to Quebec superstars Harmonium. Anita Anand has created an impressive opus,” writes Neil Smith, author of Jones.
Find Anand’s much-anticipated A Convergence of Solitudes playlist below, or listen on Spotify. Enjoy! A Convergence of Solitudes is available to order from our online shop, or from your local independent bookstore.
Mohabbat by Arooj Aftab
Brown Girl by Aaradhna
Les peaux de lièvres by TRICOT MACHINE
Histoires Sans Paroles by Harmonium
Morning Bell by Radiohead
Bombay 6 Degrees by Small World Project
Le premier ciel by Harmonium
Kabhi Kabhi Dil Mein – Duet by Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar
Sao Biên by Lê Thu
Tassez-vous de d’là by Les Colocs
Comme un fou by Harmonium
Raag Bhairavi by Pandit Rambhau Bijapure
It’s A Rainbow by OP8
Morning Bell/Amnesiac by Radiohead
Le plus beau voyage by Ines Talbi
Anita Anand is an author, translator and language teacher from Montreal. She is the winner of the 2015 QWF Concordia University First Book Prize for Swing in the House and Other Stories, which was also shortlisted for the 2016 Relit Award for Fiction and the Montreal Literary Diversity Prize. Her translation of Nirliit, by Juliana Léveillé-Trudel was nominated for the 2018 John Glassco Prize. She has also translated Fanie Demeule’s novel Déterrer les os, known in English as Lightness.