When will the much-awaited novel of Vikram Seth ‘The suitable Girl’ actually hit the market?
‘The Suitable Girl‘ is a title which all the literature lovers are hearing from last 24 years now, it is the much-awaited sequel of Vikram Seth’s 1993 epic best seller ‘The Suitable Boy‘ which is one of the longest novels ever written in the English language. It was hailed worldwide on publication and has continued to attract millions of fans ever since. Its vast and rich panorama remains as bright and alluring today as it was when the book was first published and has since sold over a million copies around the world in twenty languages. Padma Shri Vikram Seth in last 5 years gave many reasons for its delay but in the meantime, he wrote many books on poetry and also fiction. Seth has stated that the book will be set in the present, rather than in 1952 where A Suitable Boy finished, and will, therefore, be what Seth calls a jump sequel. After Seth missed a deadline to submit the manuscript to Penguin Publisher in June 2013, it was announced that it would be published in autumn of 2016 by Orion Publishers, who had published A Suitable Boy. In May 2015, it was reported that Seth was hoping to finish writing the book in 2016, for publication in 2017. Seth explained that he had missed the Penguin deadline due to suffering from writer’s block as a result of the failure of his relationship with Philippe Honoré.
Fans have already started making fictional covers for the novel but the still the release date of the novel is not clear after four months of 2017, while we are hopeful to read the much-anticipated novel sometime this year only but Amazon has mentioned the tentative release date is slated in 2018. Now, this is also a sort of record where a novel’s sequel took around 25 years to be written. Off late people are forgetting about the novel and now they don’t even discuss the release date and all, but it is high time Seth should come up with his marathon sequel as soon as possible.