"Our Best Intentions" by Vibhuti Jain, HLS '07
Please join the HLSWA-NY and the HLSA-NYC for "An HLS Author Event: Hear Vibhuti Jain, HLS '07, Discuss Her Extraordinary Debut Novel, Our Best Intentions"
April 19th, 6pm-7pm EST
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Vibhuti Jain's debut novel Our Best Intentions is a suspenseful novel about a working-class Indian-American family caught in the middle of a criminal investigation that causes a community to confront issues of race, class, and belonging. The novel tells the story of an incident that sends shock waves through the community and reveals jarring truths about the lengths to which families will go to protect themselves. As the town fractures, the narrator must navigate conflicting narratives and wrestle with her own moral culpability.
Vibhuti Jain's provocative debut explores how easily friendships, careers, communities, and individual lives can unravel when the toxicity of privilege and racial bias are exposed. Part gripping suspense, part intimate family portrait, Our Best Intentions is told from multiple perspectives, and like the best works of fiction, offers a way into current cultural conversations through painstakingly real characters and suspenseful storytelling.
Our Best Intentions has received glowing reviews:
"In a novel that will leave you aching - and thinking - Jain asks us to consider what a world might look like if justice really were for everyone, and any one of us could just 'happen' to be in the right place at the right time." The New York Times, March 13, 2023.
"Our Best Intentions is a thoughtful, gripping suspense novel that shakes up definitions of family and identity in a beautiful and refreshing way! This is a must-read for its characters, representation, layered story, and most wonderfully - Jain's gripping writing. It's the kind of story that makes you want more." - Kal Penn, actor & national bestselling author
About the author: Vibhuti ("Vib") Jain, HLS '07, lives with her husband and daughter in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she works in international development finance. She began her career as a corporate lawyer in New York City.