First of all, WOW. "The Subtweet" captured the all too real paranoias involved in overthinking friendships, all the ways you should've rephrased things or maybe things you shouldn't have said. All of which is made more complicated when you're friends in the same field. How do you deal with one person's success when the other falls behind? When someone inspires you, where's the line between their work and yours? I thoroughly enjoyed resonating with the obstacles Neela and Rukmini faced in creating and sharing their art. This one is for all the artists doubting themselves in a world where one tweet could make all the difference.— Gina
2021 Dublin Literary Award Finalist
2021 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist for Transgender Fiction
2020 Toronto Book Awards Finalist
"The Subtweet is affecting, unnerving, empowering, and often truly LOL." -- Foreword Reviews, starred review
"A beautifully crafted novel about race, music, and social media." -- Booklist
Includes an exclusive free soundtrack
Celebrated multidisciplinary artist Vivek Shraya's second novel is a no-holds-barred examination of the music industry, social media, and making art in the modern era, shining a light on the promise and peril of being seen.
Indie musician Neela Devaki has built a career writing the songs she wants to hear but nobody else is singing. When one of Neela's songs is covered by internet artist RUK-MINI and becomes a viral sensation, the two musicians meet and a transformative friendship begins. But before long, the systemic pressures that pit women against one another begin to bear down on Neela and RUK-MINI, stirring up self-doubt and jealousy. With a single tweet, their friendship implodes, a career is destroyed, and the two women find themselves at the centre of an internet firestorm.