by Anurag Andra
publication date: September 20, 2022
“I dream something new this time.”
Submarine tells the coming-of-age story of Subramaniam, a second-generation immigrant of Indian descent, exploring what it means to make a life in a country both insular and boundless, where dreams of home and worlds beyond and all that lies between are conceived, morphed, killed, and reborn, and where the word "family" comes to mean nothing, then everything. Through a series of vignettes, Anurag Andra’s debut novella digs into and excavates the heart of how a boy becomes a man—how he learns to love, to fear, to hold, to leave, and to come back.
Praise for Submarine:
"With lyrical prose and well sculpted characters, this coming-of-age story kept me engrossed and rooting for Subramaniam. This must-read novella's wrenching, gorgeous words will linger in readers' minds for a long, long time."
—Sudha Balagopal, author of Things I Can't Tell Amma
"Anurag Andra dives deep into Indian-American boyhood and the complexities of family...an electrifying new writer to watch."
—Bryn Chancellor, author of Sycamore
"Submarine’s got that wonderful, necessary messiness of real life. Reading it is a process of getting to know someone so intimately, it might even tell you things about yourself."
—Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians
"A moving narrative, journeying to those places and times where there is 'nowhere left to go.' This is a promising debut."
—Marcia Douglas, author of The Marvellous Equations of the Dread
“A reflection on the seeming impossibility of being truly understood, or truly understanding others—and the absolute necessity that, still, always, we try."
—Kristina Ten, Timber Journal
Anurag Andra is a fiction writer currently based in Arlington, VA. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Bridgewater, NJ. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado Boulder and undergraduate degree(s) in Economics and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and his short fiction can be found in journals such as Ninth Letter, Necessary Fiction, Atticus Review and elsewhere. In his spare time, Anurag enjoys a good hike followed by a good beer, watching football (Go Birds), and spending time with his wife, friends and family. Visit him at www.anuragandra.com.