It’s only two days since pub-date and here is the “publicity update” I got.

Algonquin is amazing.  Jacqueline Burke, Brooke Czuka, Amy Gash….thank you thank you thank you.

Jacquelynn Burke

Publicity Manager,  Algonquin and Algonquin Young Readers



Publicity update for The Milk Lady of Bangalore by Shoba Narayan (on sale January 23, 2018)

A Barnes and Noble Spring 2018 Discover Selection


Recent coverage:


Library Journal

Starred review

February 15, 2018

“[Author Shoba Narayan’s] stories radiate with compassion…An absolute joy to read. Through her close encounters with the bovine kind, Narayan shows how Indian traditions are incorporated into her contemporary way of life.”




February 2018 issue

Udderly delight­ful…A herd of often funny and always fascinating bovine adven­tures…There’s plenty of heart and soul in this book as Narayan takes readers on a unique tour of her In­dian neighborhood, where there’s never a dull moment.”


Newsday / What’s New


January 24, 2018

“When the author returns to her native India after many years in the United States, she forms a friendship with Sarala, who grazes her cows — sacred in the Hindu religion — across the street. When Narayan offers to buy Sarala a new heifer, the memoir becomes a meditation on family, friendship, culture and belief.”


Lit Hub


January 23, 2018


NY Journal of Books


January 23, 2018

“Narayan imparts well-researched, intriguing, and sometimes humorous facts about the complex role of cows in Indian culture.”


Loud Library Lady


January 22, 2018


Minneapolis Star Tribune


January 19, 2018

“Charming…Narayan deftly weaves the ayurvedic properties of milk, dung and even urine into a satisfying personal narrative of assimilation…(An) engaging mixture of science and culture.”


Tulsa Book Review


January 11, 2018



INDIA New England News


January 9, 2018


The Riveter


January 6, 2018

“Full of fascinating information.”


The Book Club Cookbook

Newsletter mention

January 5, 2018


Shelf Awareness


January 4

“[Author Shoba] Narayan’s descriptions of India are rich and specific, making readers feel as if they are there. . . . Anyone with the slightest interest in India or cows will find Narayan’s memoir, with its myriad insights, a delight.”



Newsletter mention

December 30, 2017




December 1, 2017

“Filled with the vivid colors, sights, and sounds of a vibrant and ancient culture, [author Shoba] Narayan’s in-depth treatment of cow mythology is a beautiful ode to her motherland.” Narayan will contribute to a piece in the March issue of Real Simple highlighting “Family Traditions from Around the World.”

Roundup: “48 Amazing New Books You Need to Read This Winter”

December 1, 2017




November 30, 2017

“This lovely, lighthearted novel is a journey through cultural mores and female friendship, as well as a look at the spiritual and historical part that cows play in India; an easy read that you can’t help but love.”



Picked up Refinery29 article

November 30, 2017




November 14, 2017

“In this beautiful examination of the differences between Eastern and Western cultures as told through the eyes of a writer who is uniquely qualified to comment on both, Narayan’s rich and evocative writing transports readers to the busy streets of Bangalore and a fully formed picture of modern India that includes cow urine tablets, bus crashes, and many different kinds of milk. A witty and tender story that endears readers to Indian culture and one of their most sacred symbols, the cow.”


Still to come:, mention – January

Bookpage Q&A – online February

The Washington Bookreview – run date TK

The Book Club Cookbook – feature, date TK


Marketing highlights:


Shelf Awareness e-blast – January 23, 2018

BookBrowse First Impressions Program – January

Book Movement Book of the Month – February