Good Indian girls : stories

by Sidhu, Ranbir Singh,

Format: Print Book [2013]
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Summary
In twelve startling and vividly imagined stories, Ranbir Singh Sidhu overturns the lives of ordinary Indians living in America to bring us a bold debut collection, Good Indian Girls.

A woman attends a de-cluttering class in search of love. A low-level, drunkard diplomat finds himself mysteriously transferred to the Consulate in San Francisco, where everyone believes he is a great, lost poet. An anthropological expedition searching for early human fossils goes disastrously wrong and the leader turns to searching for the very first sounds made by humans. The wife of a retiring Consul pays tribute to her pet python by preparing to serve him to her dinner guests. A strange skull discovered outside an orphanage results in the creation of a cult around one of the charismatic young residents.

Unsettling, moving, insightful, humorous -- these beautifully written stories travel between despair and redemption as they illuminate the lives of often deeply flawed characters, and mark the emergence of a major new voice in American fiction.
Contents
The good poet of Africa
The discovery
Good Indian girls
Sanskrit
Hero of the nation
Solzhenitsyn in Vermont
Neanderthal tongues
The consul's wife
Bodies motion sound
The order of things
Border song
Children's games.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A drunken, misanthropic diplomat transfers to a post in California after being mistaken for a poet in hiding. A young woman seeking to improve her life instead finds herself face-to-face with the end of it. A bibliophile watches as his marriage fails and his perfect world slowly unravels. These are among the 12 tales that, tending toward the nightmarish and sordid, make up this intense collection. A husband and wife celebrate his birthday with a potent drug trip. A lonely wife prepares to cook her deceased pet python and serve him at her upcoming dinner party. The formation of a cult at a boys' school in India evokes the devolving savagery of The Lord of the Flies. With adeptly drawn characters, Sidhu demonstrates a dexterous grasp of the human psyche, while the prevalence of dark twists displays his love of the fatalistic. This propensity for the morose will be of-putting for some but is sure to please those with a taste for black humor and shades of the diabolical.--Ophoff, Cortney Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "When Lovedeep signs up for a New Age "de-cluttering" class, she finally finds the change she's been hoping for in Ian, the shy man she meets there, in this collection's title story. Sidhu's debut offers 12 varied snapshots of the lives of Indians at home and abroad. "Hero of the Nation" features a student at a special needs school, Ruby, who sneaks her mute grandfather cigarettes while he torments the rest of her family with his incontinence. "The Good Poet of Africa" involves a low-level diplomat who, soon after arriving at a new post in San Francisco, discovers that everyone there thinks he's a famous Urdu poet. In "The Consul's Wife," Pavarti considers her life married to a diplomat and grieves her pet snake's death while deciding what to serve at a dinner party, and in "Children's Games," an Indian orphanage falls under the sway of a cult. Though weird and eccentric, Sidhu's stories are also empathetic and refreshingly free of the cliches of immigrant narratives. He manages to portray his characters as uniquely Indian without losing sight of their individuality, offering small, piercing looks into the humanity that resides in every situation and person, no matter how strange. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects East Indian Americans -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher Berkeley :[2013]
Other Titles Short stories.
Language English
Description 211 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781593765316 (pbk.)
1593765312 (pbk.)
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