First Second
Nivea Serrao
July 18, 2017 AT 10:30 AM EDT

Priyanka “Pri” Das has more than a few questions for her mother — and now she might actually get a few answers, courtesy of the magical Pashmina she discovers.

Nidhi Chanani’s graphic novel, the first to delve into what it means to be Indian-American, spins a coming-of-age tale that sees Pri search for a deeper understanding of her mother’s past. Namely what her life in India was like, why she left all those years ago, who her father is, and why her mother left him behind.

The answers to Pri’s questions come just within reach when she discovers an old pashmina — which you can read about in an exclusive excerpt below — and it transports her to a strange new world… which may be India?

As Pri attempts to work out where she is (and who the mysterious shadow following her is), she’ll learn a lot more about herself, her family, and the two cultures she calls hers.

Pashmina hits bookstores Oct. 3. Preorder it here. You can read exclusive pages below.

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