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on September 7, 2005
Two of my most prominent reading passions are Asian books and, in particular, those set in India or concerned with the Indian sub- culture (e.g. any of Rohinton Mistry's books, The Namesake, Death of Vishnu, Red Carpet, etc) and collections of short stories.

But what makes this collection so special is that Ms. Mukherjee does not focus on her Indian roots, though several stories do concern people of Indian heritage, but cover many diverse cultures -- Italian- Americans, An Iraqi Jew, a Vietnam veteran in Florida and express a wide range of "voices." These stories are particularly effective in that you find yourself involved in the characters and their circumstances almost instantly. It is as if you had prior knowledge of them as you begin to read any one of the stories.

She also has a literary "trick" of sorts that I really enjoyed in that she will make reference to some little item --almost as a throwaway that was featured in an earlier story in the collection. It is very subtle but a nice little device that I caught on to and served to enhance the experience even more.

And though this collection was published sometime ago I found these wonderful stories still timely. I would highly recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys this genre.

Now on to purchase soem of her other works.
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on February 14, 2002
You can hardly call her a "Indian women writer" that seems too narrow. She writes boldly and assumes roles that only a cosummate writer can do. Her Middleman story set the stage and then each story just got better. Forget Divakurani whose books are overarated, if you want to read "Indian women writers", then Bharti Mukherjee has no equal in this genre. She is astounding, fresh, and tanscends her category.
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on May 25, 1998
Even after five years. A real author's author, Mukherjee's prose deserves wider recognition. When I read this collection, I got the sense that she could write the next Great American Novel.
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on October 5, 2000
I read this book and the Interpreter of Maladies back to back and though there are similarities as to subject they are very different writers. Mukherjee's story's snap and pop while Lahiri's sparkle. These are great stories about being in a new place told from various viewpoints. My favorite was about a Catholic woman introducing her Afghan botfriend to her parents at thanksgiving. It was uncomfrtably like being there. Enjoy!
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on May 10, 1998
White trash meets film noir meets a rainbow of multiculturalism in this volume's stories. Mukherjee has a keen eye for the intersections of sex and race, and tells it with a tone that (at her best) has echoes of Raymond Chandler. I walked away from it muttering, "Yeah, it's all just weird enough to be real."
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on January 8, 2016
I gave one star because I couldn't give NO stars. I was required to read this book for an English class. I found the stories boring, disjointed, and mundane, to the point that it was difficult to write about. Don't waste your time or money.
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on November 30, 2015
Just as good as her other collection of short stories that I have read, Darkness. I like her short story collections much more than her novels.
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on June 18, 2014
I mostly used this book for school readings. In the end, it was an interesting read. Had no problems with transaction. Thanks!
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on November 17, 2013
There is no focus in any story. It is more of a narrative than highlighting a specific type of issue related to immigration.
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on October 8, 2014
Many different voices, different tones, so well written, a master at prose.
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