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The Vox Book Club May pick features heists, alchemy, and the Indian American diaspora

Join us in reading Gold Diggers, Sanjena Sathian’s gripping debut novel.

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Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian
Left, Penguin Press. Right, Tony Tulathimutte.
Constance Grady is a senior correspondent on the Culture team for Vox, where since 2016 she has covered books, publishing, gender, celebrity analysis, and theater.

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This May, pull up an easy chair to the Vox Book Club and join us in reading Sanjena Sathian’s Gold Diggers. It’s a propulsive, immersive debut novel that deals with over-achieving high schoolers, ambition, alchemy, and a big question: “What does it mean to be both Indian and, like, American?”

Despite how flippant her characters may be about that question, Sathian always approaches it with her eyes open. The result is a tender, affectionate novel that manages to be a love story and a cautionary tale and a heist story all in one. We’ll have tons to talk about.

We’ll be meeting with Sathian live on Zoom on Wednesday, May 19, at 5 pm Eastern, and we’d love to see you there. RVSP here, and in the meantime, subscribe to the Vox Book Club newsletter, to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Here’s the full Vox Book Club schedule for May 2021

Friday, May 14: Discussion post on Gold Diggers published to

Wednesday, May 19: Virtual live event with author Sanjena Sathian at 5pm Eastern. You can RSVP here. Reader questions are encouraged!