"So funny, smart, sophisticated, and captivating, you just want to spend your whole life with it."--Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

In this modern reimagining of Jane Austen's Emma, Delhi's polite society is often anything but polite.


Beautiful, clever, and more than a little bored, Ania Khurana has Delhi wrapped around her finger. Having successfully found love for her spinster aunt, she sets her sights on Dimple: her newest, sweetest, and most helpless friend.

But when her aunt's handsome nephew arrives from America, the social tides in Delhi begin to shift. Surrounded by old money and new; relentless currents of gossip; and an unforgettable cast of socialites, journalists, gurus, and heirs, Ania discovers that her good intentions are no match for the whims and intrigues of Delhi's high society--or for her own complicated feelings toward her cherished childhood friend, Dev.

Pairing razor-sharp observation and social comedy with moments of true tenderness, this delicious whirl through the mansions of India's dazzling elite celebrates that there's no one route to perfect happiness.
“Is it possible to marry a book? Because Polite Society is so funny, smart, sophisticated, and captivating, you just want to spend your whole life with it. It was love at first sight from the very first page and I never wanted it to end.”—Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

“With biting wit, this send-up of high society deflates social strata while bringing tenderness and romance to its comedy of manners.”—Esquire

“Chock-full of shimmering, glittering, and gleaming things [and] proceeds through a (dare I say) richly imagined world of Delhi’s upper crust. . . . Rao’s gift is his ability to depict the elevated stakes of small gestures and etiquette. . . [He] writes with knowing insight on the hearts of the aspiring rich.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Clever, rich-in-insight, and with a discomfiting wit and impeccable prose, Polite Society uncovers some of the best blessings of Austen. Dear reader, this book is delicious!”—Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. the World

“A picture of what it’s like to chase happiness in a society riddled with codes and an endless supply of money. Hilarious, scandalous and fascinating, Polite Society adds an interesting, modern layer to a complex culture.”BookPage

“The pace and breezy style, along with sometimes broad but always entertaining characters, will keep readers enchanted.”Booklist

“The book sucks you into the mystifying world of the Delhi elite...A page-turner.”—The Observer

“Witty, smart, compelling.”—Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire
 
“The only way to write an Austentatious novel.”—Financial Times

“Witty, clever, and wise...Rao delivers a story deserving of the same popularity as Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians. A great choice for Austenites, fans of classic retellings, and general fiction.”Library Journal

“Rao has a great eye for absurd detail and a sensitive ear for what’s not said.”—Mohammed Hanif, author of Red Birds
 
“A bitingly funny version of Austen’s Emma....Could have been titled Crazy Rich Indians.”—South China Morning Post
 
“Introspective on the struggles of the elite, what a tightrope walk society life can be, and the cutthroat nature of having money. It’s a story filled with great wit and romance, but there is also intrigue and conflict, both internal and between characters. With his American debut, Rao pulls back the shining facade so easily constructed by money to deliver a real-life drama.”—Paperback Paris

“A deep and utter treat: a sly, witty Delhi reinvention of Emma. Rao writes like Vikram Seth’s naughty younger brother and I want to have cocktails and gossip with him at once.”—Patrick Gale, author of Take Nothing With You

“An unputdownable jewel of a novel by a writer of astonishing talent.”—Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing
 
“Navigates the sparkle and sordidness of Delhi’s high society with wit and acuity.”—Mint (India)
 
“High comedy with a dark edge; and a genuinely well-adapted Jane Austen novel.”—Hindustan Times (India)