The Girl and the Goddess – Nikita Gill

Nikita Gill is a British-Indian writer and poet living in the south of England. With a huge online following, her words have entranced hearts and minds all over the world.

The Girl and the Goddess

There is something
you should know
before reading this tale.
Despite my best efforts,
I still do not know
how to love myself.
But here is
the secret
that no one told me.
It’s okay.
It’s okay to feel
like you’re drowning
inside your own bones sometimes.

Bestselling poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with an innovative novel in verse, exploring Hindu mythology and legend.

Let her be a little less human, a little more divine

Give her heart armor so it doesn’t break as easily as mine

Meet Paro. A girl with a strong will, a full heart, and much to learn. Born into a family reeling from the ruptures of Partition in India, we follow her as she crosses the precarious lines between childhood, teenage discovery, and realizing her adult self. In the process, Paro must confront fear, desire and the darkest parts of herself in the search for meaning and, ultimately, empowerment.

Nikita Gill’s vivid poetry and beautiful illustrations have captured hearts and imaginations—but in The Girl and the Goddess, she offers us her most personal and deeply felt writing to date: an intimate coming-of-age story told in linked poems that offers a look into the Hindu mythology and rich cultural influences that helped her become the woman she is today.

Why you should read this book?

SKYROCKETING CATEGORY OF “INSTAPOETS”: Following the juggernaut success of Rupi Kaur and Cleo Wade, more and more poets and writers, particularly young women, are converting their significant online followings into successful books, creating a brand-new category of poetry and introducing a new audience to the genre.

SOCIAL MEDIA SUPERSTAR: Nikita Gill has a massive social media presence with 551k followers on Instagram, 34.7k on Twitter, and 125k on Facebook, all of which she has shown to be a major book-buying audience with her last three books. These numbers have grown significantly in the past year as well, indicating Gill’s rising status as an influencer in this space.

POPULARITY OF PREVIOUS COLLECTIONS: Gill’s three previous poetry collections, Great GoddessesFierce Fairytales, and Wild Embers, have sold upwards of a combined 85,000 copies across formats.

HUNGRY YOUNG AUDIENCE: Gill’s readers are primarily Millennial and Generation Z women with a passion for lifestyle, self-help, and inspirational books with a clear feminist angle. It’s an audience that’s both devoted and growing, one that will be exciting to tap into.

EXCITING TIME FOR PREVIOUSLY OVERLOOKED AND FEMINIST MYTHOLOGY: There is a clear hunger for a feminist retelling and refocusing on mythology, as evidenced by the popularity of books such as Circe and Home Fire, and this collection offers an exciting opportunity to explore non-Eurocentric works.

MULTICULTURAL INSPIRATION: Gill grew up learning Punjabi and Kashmiri folklore and folk songs, which have become seminal influences and are reflected in her writing. With its foundation in Indian, and particularly Hindu, mythology, this collection will tap right into Gill’s personal history and primary source of inspiration.

BEAUTIFUL PACKAGING with a striking design, french flaps, and hand-drawn illustrations throughout.

More about The Girl and the Goddess HERE.

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