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Ons this collection reveals the messier truth that Indian AMERICANS FORBIDDEN DESIRES AND DEVASTATING HEARTBREAK THAT THE experience orbidden desires and devastating heartbreak that the of racism and classism homophobia affect their lives and Indian Americans individual wills can clash with their community s aspirations in brutal ways This collection struck me as bittersweet than hopeful though regardless of its The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey final tone the stories convey great perceptiveness and empathyor the regrets and the choices that make us humanThe
strongest stories in this collection stood out due to their deep emotional resonance and the layered relationships between characters often influenced stories in this collection stood out due to their deep emotional resonance and the layered relationships between characters often influenced markers such as class and gender My Itsuka favorites If You See Me Don t Say Hi a story about the tumultuous bond between two brothers that took my breath away The Other Language about a boy who travels with hisamily and develops a crush on a servant boy that becomes marred by class and clashing longings and the two ending stories that Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems feature the same set of characters World Famous and Radha Krishna in which a man and a woman contend with the community gossip that threatens to tear them apart I love the drama Neel Patel inserts into these stories howor the most part they serve to undermine stereotypes about Indian Americans about women and about ueer people These stories reveal sad truths about what happens when we do not treat people well or when we live in a society that makes it so difficult or immigrants to succeed even when they push themselves to I keep coming back to the emotion and the word bittersweet as I eel like it captures the wise compassionate and sometimes unny melancholy that pervades If You See Me Don t Say HiWhile some of the stories did not resonate with me as much I elt tha. Ld never guess; three women who almost gleefully throw off the pleasant agreeability society asks of them; and in the Live Bait final pair of linked stories a young couple struggling against the devastatingorce of community gossip If You See Me Don't Say Hi examines the collisions of old world and new world small town and big city traditional beliefs like arranged marriage and modern rituals like Facebook. ,
T they did not have the depth of the other stories or their characters relationships did not pull at my heart as much I would still recommend this COLLECTION TO FANS OF SHORT STORIES to ans of short stories contemporary Fancy Strut fiction especially those interested in LGBT narratives I read that Patel is working on his novel and I am excitedor it as I Northern California: A History and Guide - From Napa to Eureka felt that I could have readull novels about the characters in my Unbreathed Memories favorite storiesrom this collection Also props to Patel or joining together traditional aspects of Indian Americans lives eg arranged marriage with modern day conventions eg Facebook stalking which I may or may not do often Yay or the representation of ueer people of color I am grateful to Patel Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults for his hard work in refining his craft and sharing his voice LOVE AND LOSSollow the characters in these eleven beautifully written stories They A Sally Lockhart Mystery 2 follow various scenarios in the lives of characters of Indian descent maintains their own customer while navigating new lives in the states The title story is so usual the one that stands out and concerns two brothers who once closeall out over a careless comment one of them makes Their estrangement will last ten yearsThe last two stories are connecting stories about
a man and woman once involved and picks up at two different points in theirman and woman once involved and picks up at two different points in their To be honest though I enjoyed reading them all which doesn t happen very often when reading g shorts The Indian customs culture I Love My Dad foods are explored iin different stories An Indisn online dating service iseatured in the All about Us firstTheirst offering by this author and he is a very smooth writer a natural storyteller The stories low the prose gorgeous with some wonderful insights Looking orward to Noni Speaks Up from this author and apparently he is now at work on hisirst nove. Stalking The men and women in these stories are Handbags and Gladrags full of passion regret envy anger and yearning Theyall in love with the wrong people and betray one another and deal with the accumulation of years of subtle racism They are utterly compelling Ranging across the country Patel’s stories empathetic provocative twisting and wryly An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) funny introduce a bold new literary voice one thateels timely than ev. ,
15 starsHighly avoidable One dimensional characters in stories that are extremely repetitive in essence and just about everything Themes were intriguing which is the reason I This One Up picked this one up it was a total disaster in terms of execution It as if the author had merely changed the names and places but the story line or arc was the same What irritated me the most is the casual nature with which the author has talked about some of the most serious issues like depression mental health sexuality and other similar ones that are prevalent even todayThe only saving grace or this collection was the last two linked stories which showed some sign of growth However in the end the story kind of izzled out although I wouldn t say it was as bad as the others in this collection That s the only reason or the additional 05 star What I liked most about this book is that it was an easy We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk fast read The book left me lost and confused The details were clear the characters were all sad and strange Depressing but I didn teel bad Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other for them I almost wanted something horrible to happen to them just so I could see some type humanness Can a book be boring and intriguing at the same time This was a different type of reador me Honestly this review says it about as well as I could me discuss this book 35 starsA great debut short story collection that centers the complex lives of Richard Nixon: The Life first generation Indian Americans some ueer and some straight Neel Patel an emerging voice in literature dispels the model minority myth with these 11 well written stories Though people often make assumptions about Indian Americans eg they are rich all they care about is working hard and getting their kids into good schools theiramilies all abide by the same traditi. In these eleven sharp surprising stories Neel Patel gives voice to our most deeply held stereotypes and then slowly undermines them His characters almost all of who are irst generation Indian Americans subvert our expectations that they will sit uietly by We meet two brothers caught in an elaborate web of envy and loathing; a young gay man who becomes involved with an older man whose secret he cou.