I Was a Teenage Atheist

Memoirs of a naughty Catholic girlhood

Flames leaped into the horizon. My parents, my sister, Shalini, and I abandoned our dinner to race up to the terrace and watch the blaze. It was Holi, the Hindu spring festival, an explosion of mischief celebrating the god Krishna’s shenanigans with the cowgirls. Flung water balloons gushed vermilion; water pistols squirted indigo. Stranger smeared stranger with silver paint stolen from construction sites. Buckets—dishwater? urine?—were...

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About the Author

Anita Mathias lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. She won a 1998 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship to work on Wandering in Two Worlds, a memoir of her Catholic girlhood in India.

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