SARI OF THE GODS: Short Stories by G.S. Sharat Chandra

SARI OF THE GODS: Short Stories

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A first collection of the stories of an Indian-born writer who has long lived and taught in the US, and whose focus in on Indian citizens oppressed at home, adrift in America, or unable to be at home in their native land after having experienced life in the States. All the pieces are deftly written and smartly plotted; especially noteworthy are the title story, whose immigrant protagonist interprets the accidental ruining of her sari as ""the gods' displeasure at her mixed company, her expatriatism""; and ""This Time Goat; Next Time Man,"" in which Pandu, an unassuming young ""train singer,"" inadvertently, farcically becomes a candidate for public office. Chandra may be on his way to becoming a contemporary R.K. Narayan.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1998
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Coffee House