Seeking Fortune Elsewhere

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Pub Date 08 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 08 Mar 2022

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This stunning debut from an O. Henry Prize winner offers intimate stories of South Indian immigrants and the families they left behind, centering women's lives and asking how women claim and surrender power.

Traveling from Pittsburgh to Eastern Washington to Tamil Nadu, these astonishing stories about dislocation and dissonance see immigrants and their families confront the costs of leaving and staying, identifying sublime symmetries in lives growing apart.
 
In “Malliga Homes,” selected by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for an O. Henry Prize, a widow in a retirement community glimpses her future while waiting for her daughter to visit from America. In "No. 16 Model House Road," a woman long subordinate to her husband makes a choice of her own after she inherits a house. In "Nature Exchange," a mother grieving in the wake of a school shooting finds an unusual obsession. In "A Life in America," a professor finds himself accused of having exploited his graduate students.
 
Sindya Bhanoo’s haunting stories show us how immigrants’ paths, and the paths of those they leave behind, are never simple. Bhanoo takes us along on their complicated journeys where regret, hope, and triumph appear in disguise.
This stunning debut from an O. Henry Prize winner offers intimate stories of South Indian immigrants and the families they left behind, centering women's lives and asking how women claim and...

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Available Feb 2022

Sindya Bhanoo's Seeking Fortune Elsewhere is an intimate look into contemporary South Indian American women's lives. Her characters and plot lines are remarkably lifelike and honest. This collection feels like the stories of my family, the stories of my aunts and classmates and cousins. Bhanoo captures the complexities of our lived experiences and creates a resonant, wonderful patchwork that can be returned to again and again. A wonderful debut.

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