$15.95. f The stories in these collections, whose foreign-born authors now reside in the United States, are superficially dissimilar but ultimately alike in the evidence they give of prodigious talent and in theme. Both authors deal with displacement. In Havazelet's stories the displacement is interior. Thus, in "Jillie" we feel a 12-year-old boy's adoration for his cousin, who has come with her mother to live in the boy's house. When Jillie's father appears to reunite his family, the boy helps Jillie hide but betrays her hiding place when she becomes ill. On a visit years later, he finds that Jillie bears no likeness to the young cousin he once adored; even memory is displaced. Havazelet's characters are essentially outsiders, uncomfortable in their lives. In Mukherjee's stories the characters are literally displacedand often twice displaced, Indians who have never lived in India. In "Jasmine" a young woman born of Indian parents buys her way out of Port-of-Spain to Detroit and then takes an even larger leap to Ann Arbor. She becomes a mother's helper and succumbs, happily, to the sexual advances of the father. Mukherjee's characters, poor, illegal immigrants, are seldom granted the luxury of moral choice. Both Havazelet and Mukherjee give us authentic characters snared by calamity, touched by victory; their stories are as funny and as sad as life itself. Marcia Tager, Tenafly, N.J.
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The author "efficiently evokes a wide range of voices in various settings," observed PW of these nine stories concerning the spaces between people. "Havazelet is adept at capturing the bleakness of missed connections and destructive relationships that are hopelessly out of sync."
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Book Description Collier Books, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110020517505
Book Description Collier Books, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st Collier Books ed. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0020517505