In-Person Event: THE DREAM BUILDERS by Oindrila Mukherjee

Join us for an in-person event celebrating The Dream Builders by Oindrila Mukherjee. For this event, Oindrila Mukherjee will be in conversation with Dionne Irving.

Please note: Pre-registration for this event is required. By pre-registering, you are verifying that you are fully vaccinated and will wear a mask throughout the entirety of the event. 


After living in the US for years, Maneka Roy returns home to India to mourn the loss of her mother and finds herself in a new world. The booming city of Hrishipur where her father now lives is nothing like the part of the country where she grew up, and the more she sees of this new, sparkling city, the more she learns that nothing--and no one--here is as it appears. Ultimately, it will take an unexpected tragic event for Maneka and those around her to finally understand just how fragile life is in this city built on aspirations.

Written from the perspectives of ten different characters, Oindrila Mukherjee's incisive debut novel explores class divisions, gender roles, and stories of survival within a society that is constantly changing and becoming increasingly Americanized. It's a story about India today, and people impacted by globalization everywhere: a tale of ambition, longing, and bitter loss that asks what it really costs to try and build a dream.

Oindrila Mukherjee grew up in India and now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches creative writing at Grand Valley State University. The Dream Builders is her first novel.

Dionne Irving is originally from Toronto, Ontario. She is the author of the novel Quint from 7.13 Books, and a short story collection Islands from Catapult Books.  Her work has appeared in Story, Boulevard, LitHub, Missouri Review, and New Delta Review, among other journals and magazines. She teaches in the University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program and the Initiative on Race and Resilience.

Image Description: A light green colored banner with a faint pattern of open books. The banner features a small cover image for THE DREAM BUILDERS centered between two photographs, the left of the author Oindrila Mukherjee, and the right of the conversation partner, Dionne Irving. The text reads: "Women & Children First presents an in-person event for THE DREAM BUILDERS by Oindrila Mukherjee in conversation with Dionne Irving, Thursday, January 12 at 7 p.m. Masks and proof of vaccination required."

Accessibility: Email with questions or to request accommodations.

Event date: 
Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
The Dream Builders By Oindrila Mukherjee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953534637
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Tin House Books - January 10th, 2023

The Islands: Stories By Dionne Irving Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646220663
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Catapult - November 1st, 2022