Author Photo-1C-2014I am an adult author who has also crossed over into young adult; a fiction writer who frequently crosses over into nonfiction; and a writer who loves to create worlds that capture cultural mixture.

My next novel, Watched, is due out in fall 2016 with Wendy Lamb/Random House Books.  A follow-up to my award-winning novel Ask Me No Questions, Watched takes on the atmosphere of surveillance that we all live in now.  Set in Queens, NYC, it tells the story of Naeem–a teenage boy who thinks he can charm his way through life.  One day his mistakes catch up with him and the cops offer him a dark deal.

In February, 2017 I will publish my second co-authored book, with my husband Marc Aronson: Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro & The Invention of Modern Photojournalism.  It’s about Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, who were young Jewish refugees, idealistic and in love.  As photographers, they set off to capture their generation’s most important struggle–the fight against fascism.  Among the first to depict modern warfare, Capa and Taro took powerful photographs of the Spanish Civil War that went straight from the devastation to news magazines.  In so doing, they helped birth to the idea of bearing witness with technology, bringing home tragedies from across the world.

Our prior book, Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom & Science was a Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist.  This book began several years ago, when we were sitting on a stone patio in Jerusalem, and my husband’s cousin told us a fantastic tale of a relative whose personal history was intertwined with the story of beet sugar.  I too had sugar in my family background, since my great-grandparents left India in the 19th century to work the sugar plantations of the West Indies.  We were amazed that each of us, with ancestors from different parts of the world, was touched by this one substance.  It then hit us that so many lives have been changed, transformed, and brutalized by this one ingredient.  And so we went on the trail of history to find out more.


4 Responses to Home

  1. Jonatan says:

    Umm this is kinda random but im doing this project about you because im a big fan and i cant find much information about you like how old you are or where you went to school. please help me!

  2. Leonard Joseph Punambolam says:

    Hello Marina,
    My name is Leonard Joseph Punambolam. My family name is Joseph and we also lived at Letter Kenny Village. My dad was known as Cyril Patrick on the second street. After seeing your picture, I thought that your face looked like someone I know from the first street. His name is Victor Budhoo. Are you related? If not, who is your father. Thanks and have a great day. God Bless. Leonard.

  3. Neelawattie Arjoon says:

    Dear Marina,
    My name is Neela Arjoon. It was nice meeting you at the GOPIO event in Queens last Saturday. I spoke with my colleagues and they were all excited about inviting you to visit our school in the Bronx and speaking with our middle school students about your work.
    I really hope you can say yes and then we can work out the details.

    Neela Arjoon

  4. admin says:

    Dear Neela,
    I’d be happy to come to your school. I’ll reply via my email and send you some information that might be of help.
    Marina Budhos

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