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A fantastic collection of (very) short stories unlike any other. It plays with words and reality in ways that make you crazy and impressed, plus it's funny and, seriously, just that good. --Lisa Gatlin, Arizona Daily Wildcat
Manickavel's stories are a mixture of odd, disjointed flashes, surreal sketches, and more traditionally shaped tales which possess a rare freshness. She is not afraid of the darker corners of human experience and she uses a devilish humour which sits well with the strange goings-on in her work. --Nuala Ni Chonchuir, The Short Review
Not merely lyrical and strange, but also deadpan funny. --Miranda July
Kuzhali Manickavel lives in a small temple town on the coast of South India and shares her living space with a cursed mango tree and a rhinoceros beetle in a shot glass.
Wonderful. Nostalgic, sad and funny at the same time. You don't just read these stories, you sense them. They almost have a palpable quality. Great debut.Published 23 months ago by George I Steblovsky