Ants Among Elephants

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Ants Among Elephants
320 pages; Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A New York City subway conductor, ex-software developer, and trained physicist, Gidla grew up in India’s untouchable caste. In this lyrical investigation of her family history, she chronicles her uncle’s unlikely rise to lauded poet and guerrilla revolutionary, along with her own stint as a communist radical.
— Taylor Lannamann