A poignant debut novel and an unforgettable tale of heartbreak and redemption set in India. A story of friendship, betrayal, sacrifice, exploration and redemption. A glimmering jewel not to be missed by lovers of contemporary literature. It will leave you spellbound. 


Part Star Part Dust

The Story...

A millionaire, a widow and a monk.

A plane crash.

Three destinies, linked for eternity in a tale narrated by Time.


Meet Radha

She was left in a dumpster on the side streets of Mumbai to die as she was born; premature and undernourished.

Meet Mira

At sixteen she is to marry a man she has never met before. On her wedding day, she carries a knife.

And Gaurav

People say love is more important than money. But what happens when having one means you can’t have the other?

Part Star Part Dust is a page turning journey set in India with characters whose lives  unspool into a tale of interconnection, transcending all cultural and ethnic boundaries and ultimately revealing the purpose of this evanescent thing we call life.

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A word from the Novel's Narrator

I am notorious for being the grandest of illusions. I can’t be fully grasped for anything more that this moment that is. But that is just the way I am; unstoppable, indefinable and beyond the bounds of imprisonment. I am Time and I am timeless. 

Stories are like lovers. I have many, thousands, millions for each moment. 

I am your storyteller, the most reliable one you will ever find. 

I will tell you stories that matter; stories of choice. Because what is life if not a series of choices? And what is destiny if not a consequence of those very choices?

What the Editors Are Saying

"A thoughtful and moving book about love, life, relationships and the power that Time has over all of us."

Scott Pack

"I love the way this book weaves together a series of stories full of characters that feel grounded in reality but, because it is narrated by Time itself, also has touches of magic within its pages. Part Star, Part Dust is a hugely impressive debut novel from a writer to watch."

Scott Pack

"Indescribably beautiful and uplifting. Reading this book was like staring at the sun through a string of jewels and then slowly eating them one by one; a feast for the mind and spirit. L.M. Valiram's astonishing debut both utterly satisfies and leaves us wanting more, more!"

Emily James