New Novel Weaves ’60s and Indian culture in Cautionary Tale

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Author Manbeena Bhullar Sandhu announces release of ‘Layla in the Sky with Diamonds’

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It has been 24 hours since Layla last had cocaine. Now on a flight to New Delhi with her children, all she can focus on is how quickly she can hook up with her friend and drug baron Leonardo so he can provide her with her next fix – unaware of the intergenerational damage her choices will cause.

Manbeena Bhullar Sandhu’s new novel, “Layla in the Sky with Diamonds” (published by Archway Publishing), weaves 1960s and ’70s-style hedonism, Indian culture, drugs, family and spirituality in a tale that illuminates “how indulgence leads to suffering and suffering leads to wisdom and how generations can shape generations in that relation.”

“We are far from the age of flower power generation. Though those times were exciting, nevertheless that generation made many mistakes due to over indulgence and unrealistic expectations,” Sandhu explains. “Generations shape the following generations.”

While the book offers readers a sense of nostalgia for a long-lost era, the destruction Layla’s addiction creates serves as the literary hangover of a generation’s carelessness. Weaving various cultures with characters who keep trying to make sense of the often chaotic world around them, “Layla in the Sky with Diamonds” offers a cautionary glimpse into the human condition.

“Layla in the Sky with Diamonds”
By Manbeena Bhullar Sandhu
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 194 pages | ISBN 9781480841925
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 194 pages | ISBN 9781480841918
E-Book | 184 pages | ISBN 9781480841901
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Manbeena Bhullar Sandhu holds a degree in substance abuse and addictions, and a master’s degree in English literature. She is an addictions counselor and currently lives in Toronto. “Layla in the Sky with Diamonds” is her first book.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.
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