From an exhilarating new voice comes a dazzling debut audiobook about an Indian-American immigrant building a life for herself in the Midwest—a brilliant and utterly absorbing story of love, friendship, and precarity in 21st century America
Graduating into the trough of yet another American recession, Sneha is one of the fortunate ones. However mind-numbing the work, her entry-level consulting job is the key that unlocks every door: she can pick up the check for her growing circle of friends in Milwaukee, send money home to her parents in India, and dare to envision a stable future for herself. She even begins dating who she has long wanted—women—and soon develops a crush on Marina, a beautiful dancer who always seems just out of reach.
But then, as quickly as it came together, Sneha's life begins to fall apart. Her job and apartment are both suddenly and maddeningly in jeopardy, and closely-guarded secrets and buried traumas resurface, sending her spiraling into shame and isolation. When a chance encounter with Marina ignites an electric romance, it looks like salvation—if only they can overcome the lie that threatens to undo the trust they’ve built.
An audiobook of working lives, friendships, and self-discovery in flux, All This Could Be Different is a wry, intimate, and redemptive exploration of the freedom and fragility of youth, and what it means to devote oneself to others in search of a better world.
About the Author
Sarah Thankam Mathews grew up between Oman and India, immigrating to the United States at seventeen. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she held a Rona Jaffe Fellowship, she has also held fellowships and residencies at The Asian American Writers Workshop, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony. Her fiction and essays have been published in Best American Short Stories, the Kenyon Review, Buzzfeed, and The Millions. In March 2020 she founded Bed-Stuy Strong, a mutual aid network that has raised over a million dollars in grassroots donations and supported more than 23,000 fellow Brooklynites during the pandemic.