Bhanoo makes her much-anticipated debut with this short story collection that gathers together intimate portrayals of South Indian immigrants grappling with what it means to leave and be left behind, particularly for women. Written with a roving curiosity, Bhanoo’s characters live and breathe like real people, their paths branching off the page and twining into your heart.
Eight distantly connected stories, mostly centering isolated women, comprise Bhanoo’s exquisite debut ... Bhanoo’s piercing stories further augment the growing shelves of spectacular first short story collections by women of color.
Reconceptualizes the great American road trip, centering Indian immigrants—particularly, Tamil women—and their children as its drivers and passengers ... The journeys...carry readers across the vast American landscape, transcending state boundaries and biomes to stitch a narrative mosaic, its patches cut from distinct corners of the country ... Bhanoo tackles complexity with a light hand. The writing is lush and sensory ... With Seeking Fortune Elsewhere and its glimpse into the lives of Tamil immigrants, Bhanoo artfully extends the burgeoning South Asian American literary canon’s trajectory