We are pleased to announce the publication of Suyash Dasgupta’s debut novel, CHOSEN. Sensitively written, this unique book delves into substance, emotional and physical abuse — an overlooked dynamic in teenage boys.
The one-of-a-kind verse style opens a new form of storytelling with an original soundtrack (rap and hip-hop) produced and written by the author. As readers flip through the pages of this novel, they reach a few pages with QR codes that lead them to the song corresponding with the storyline.
Announcing its release, the author says: “CHOSEN originally started as a project at my school (Singapore American School) for a course called Catalyst – a class designed to give students time to explore passions they do not usually have time to participate in. I wanted to tackle issues that are, in my opinion, not being spoken about enough, and bring them into conversation through a novel, particularly the less spoken aspects of male mental health.
Many people my age do not spend their free time reading, but many still spend lots of time listening to music. I wanted to build a more explicit relationship between my novel and music. I decided to write and produce my own songs (that canonically are songs made by Mason’s father) and integrate them into the storyline of my novel, creating a multisensory experience.”