The Age of Shiva - Manil Suri

Manil Suri’s rich second novel, The Age Of Shiva (W.W. Norton, $14.95), grows from the intimacy of a mother and her infant son to encompass decades of political and social upheaval in India. As he did so memorably in The Death of Vishnu, Suri gives an unsparing depiction of class differences, showing inequities at work in everything from living and sleeping arrangements to the observance—or not—of religious rituals. This story focuses on upper-class Meera, romantic, headstrong, and ironically rebellious against her progressive father, who wants her to have an education and a career, not the limited domestic life traditionally available to Indian women. Meera learns from her mistakes, but can’t undo them, and as she comes to terms with her choices and her passions, India, too, changes and moves in new directions.

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ISBN: 9780393333633
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 12th, 2009

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders - Daniyal Mueenuddin

Grouped loosely around the wealthy landowner and businessman K.K. Harouni, the eight stories in Daniyal Mueenuddin’s fascinating debut collection, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W.W. Norton, $23.95), is an upstairs/downstairs look at contemporary Pakistani society. However well off, Mueenuddin’s characters are always concerned with sheer survival, whether it’s struggling with relatives over an inheritance, paying off the right politicians, making an advantageous marriage, starting an affair, or keeping on the good side of the senior servants. Often desperate, these figures find ingenious ways to get by; some simply work hard, despite the odds, while others develop a cutthroat opportunism. Then there’s Rezak, an impoverished gardener, dying of loneliness, whose “home and consolation” is the box he lives in, a kind of house made from debris, which Rezak dismantles and carts off each time he loses a job and must move on.

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ISBN: 9780393337204
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 16th, 2009

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories - Tobias Wolff

There are few writers whose storytelling can be enchanting and lyrical regardless of genre. Tobias Wolff may be best known for his memoir, This Boy’s Life, but his ability to plumb human emotion and suss out the details of daily life make him a master of the short story. Our Story Begins (Vintage, $15.95) gathers ten new works together with a broad swath of his beloved classics.  These tales operate with an internal logic that is at once precise and all encompassing.  Wolff’s characters are the perfect summertime treat (no story is longer than twenty pages) to be savored and enjoyed in short bursts or over a long afternoon.

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ISBN: 9781400095971
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2009