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V.V. Ganeshananthan, Age 11

V.V. Ganeshananthan is author of the novel Love Marriage, and her writing has appeared in publications such as Granta, Ploughshares, and Groundviews. Presented here is The Return of the Lorax (© 1991), a book that she wrote at the age of eleven, which she dedicated to the friend who later edited her first novel.

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— V.V. Ganeshananthan, Age 11

“I grew up mostly in Bethesda, Maryland, where I wrote this book as part of an art project I did in school, somewhere around fifth grade. As you can tell, I had no compunctions about tracing, and I was an optimist.”