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.
... stunning ... In these and other stories, Bhanoo finds novel ways for her protagonists to cope with adversity. Growing apart from the past, rather than crushing their spirit and individuality, brings them freedom and hope for the future. This introduces a great new talent.