Deepa Varadarajan: Late Bloomers

June 22nd, 2023


Bookshop West Portal is delighted to welcome Deepa Varadarajan for her debut novel Late BloomersWe will be hosting her in a conversation with local author Parini Shroff, author of The Bandit Queen. This event is free to attend and will take place at Bookshop West Portal. No registration is necessary, but early arrival is encouraged to get your seat. 


When author Deepa Varadarajan was fresh out of law school, inspiration struck her in an unlikely place: at dinner with her then-boyfriend and his newly divorced father, who shared his recent attempts at internet dating. After a failed marriage that had lasted decades, he was seeking the opportunity to meet someone and fall in love, American-style. The idea of a story following recently divorced Indian parents and their adult children all going through romantic challenges at the same time took hold in her, and after years of work became Late Bloomers, an exciting debut about love, family, and starting over in life. In this witty, big-hearted novel, an Indian American family in Texas is turned upside down when the parents divorce thirty-six years into their arranged marriage. And like the characters in her novel, Varadarajan considers herself a bit of a late bloomer, too – this is her first book, published in her mid-forties after a career in law and academia.

After years of a dutiful but unhappy arranged marriage, recently divorced Suresh and Lata Raman find themselves starting new paths in life. Suresh is trying to navigate the world of online dating on a website that caters to Indians and is striking out at every turn—until he meets a mysterious, attractive younger woman who seems to be smitten with him. Lata is enjoying her newfound independence, but she’s caught off guard when a professor in his early sixties starts to flirt with her.  Meanwhile, Suresh and Lata’s daughter, Priya, thinks her father’s online pursuits are distasteful even as she embarks upon a clandestine affair of her own. And their son, Nikesh, pretends at a seemingly perfect marriage with his law-firm colleague and their young son, but hides the truth of what his relationship really entails. Over the course of three weeks in August, the whole family will uncover one another’s secrets, confront the limits of love and loyalty, and explore life’s second chances.
Charming, funny, and moving, Late Bloomers introduces a delightful new voice in fiction with the story of four individuals trying to understand how to be happy in their own lives—and as a family.



DEEPA VARADARAJAN lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children. She is a legal academic and a graduate of Yale Law School. She grew up in Texas and received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her short fiction has appeared in The Georgia Review and Colorado Review, and her legal scholarship has appeared in The Yale Law Journal and many other publications. Late Bloomers is her first novel.







PARINI SHROFF received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied under Elizabeth McCracken, Alexander Chee, and Cristina García. She is a practicing attorney and currently lives in the Bay Area. Her debut novel, The Bandit Queens, was published in January 2023.










Event date: 
Thursday, June 22, 2023 - 7:00pm
Late Bloomers: A Novel By Deepa Varadarajan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593498026
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 2nd, 2023

The Bandit Queens: A Novel By Parini Shroff Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593498958
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - January 3rd, 2023