- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (February 20, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399593004
- ISBN-13: 978-0399593000
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“What an outstanding short story collection. I knew nothing about this book going in and was thrilled by each story. There is so much range here, and there is a nice fabulist edge to nearly all the stories. The writer wields so much confidence and control in her prose and, my goodness, what imagination, what passion there is in this work. From one story to the next I felt like the writer knows everything about everything.”—Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and Hunger
“Fuses science, myth, and imagination into a dark and gorgeous series of questions about our current predicaments.”—Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
“Delightfully unexpected . . . The strange and wonderful stories that make up Sachdeva’s debut begin on this side of reality and slip to the other—often so gracefully, and with such a precise rendering of the fantastical, that we become inadvertent believers. . . . The brilliance of these stories—beyond the cool, precise artistry of their prose—is their embrace of both the known and the unknown, in a combination that feels truly original.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Terrific . . . [Anjali] Sachdeva’s book, a debut, is notable for its exuberant variety. . . . The range of her gifts is best seen in the title story, about two young women who are forced to become child brides to Islamists but gradually turn the tables on their captors through the practice of mind control. . . . The story’s delicate sadness mingles beautifully with the boldness of its conception.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Each of these stories is a perfect diorama: scrupulously assembled, complex, unsettling. Completing one is like having lived an entire life, and then being born, breathless, into another.”—Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties
“Captivating . . . shatteringly powerful . . . a gloriously mystifying thrill . . . Sachdeva’s creativity is apparently so unbounded that her writing can and does go anywhere.”—AM New York
“Emotionally scorching . . . artfully deployed . . . a wide-ranging collection of stories that are a blend of fact and fiction, seamlessly integrating magical realism and the firmly earthbound . . . a strong collection from start to finish.”—BookPage
“[A] striking debut short story collection . . . enchanting and mesmerizing . . . Sachdeva’s writing is carefully textured and nuanced. . . . Reminiscent of Aimee Bender’s and Kelly Link’s excellent speculative works.”—PopMatters
“Sachdeva’s stories almost seem to revel in their diversity; the book has surprises on virtually every page and touches on a host of philosophical and technological questions. . . . Science fiction has always been at its strongest when working exactly this kind of combination, and Sachdeva’s first attempts at it are remarkable.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“So rich they read like dreams . . . a strikingly unified collection, with each story reading like a poem, or a fable, staring into the unknowable.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
Anjali Sachdeva’s fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, The Yale Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught writing at the University of Iowa, Augustana College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She also worked for six years at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, where she was director of educational programs. She has hiked through the backcountry of Canada, Iceland, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States, and spent much of her childhood reading fantasy novels and waiting to be whisked away to an alternate universe. Instead, she lives in Pittsburgh, which is pretty wonderful as far as places in this universe go. This is her first book.
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Ms. Anjali Sachdeva, in All the Names They Used for God, has brought a new and fresh way of encountering the social issues of the day. Her short story, Manus, is a great example. I used Manus for an 11th grade class focused on catholic social justice. I did have to black out a few words here and there. Manus maps wonderfully into Catholic Social Principles such as Life and Dignity of the Human Person, The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers and Solidarity. What a new and invigorating way to discuss the future!
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Thank you for this collection of stories. I'm hoping for another collection or a novel soon.