Canadian paperback

US cover

Canadian cover



The Toss of a Lemon joins the company of the great novels on India.” —Yann Martel

“A brilliant tour de force.” —India Today

“Dazzling... [A]n important work of historical fiction.” —Library Journal (starred)


The Toss of a Lemon is now available in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Holland, Italy, India, and Australia. It has made bestseller lists in Canada, Italy, and India, and was shortlisted for's First Novel Award and for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book Award (Canada and the Caribbean).

Two "Reading Guides" are now available: Random House Canada's and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's. If you are interested in reading the novel in your book group, Padma will be glad to make herself available for questions. If she's in your area, she might be able to visit in person; if not, a phone-in (or Skype-in!) Q&A is easy to arrange. Some groups have also asked her to sign and return book plates. If you would like to get in touch, please email her at: padmav at gmail dot com.


You can read excerpts from US, Canadian, and Indian reviews here, and you can hear Padma discussing the novel here, here, here, and here.


Lovely covers from India, Holland, and Italy:




last modified 28-feb-10