Rishi Reddi Karma and Other Stories

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In this sparkling collection, award-winning writer Rishi Reddi weaves a multigenerational tapestry of interconnected lives, depicting members of an Indian American community struggling to balance the demands of tradition with the allure of Western life.

In "Lord Krishna," a teenager is offended when his evangelical history teacher likens the Hindu deity to Satan, but ultimately forgives the teacher against his father's wishes. In the title story, "Karma," an unemployed professor rescues birds in downtown Boston after his wealthy brother kicks him out of his home. In "Justice Shiva Ram Murthy," which appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2005, an irascible retired judge reconnects with a childhood friend while adjusting to a new life with his daughter and her American husband. In "Devadasi," a beautiful young woman raised in the United States travels back to India and challenges the sexual confines of her culture. And in "Bangles," a widow decides to return to her native village to flee her son's off-putting American ways.

Set mostly in the Boston area, with side trips to an isolated immigrant community in Wichita, Kansas, and the characters' hometown of Hyderabad, India, Karma and Other Stories introduces a luminous new voice.

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Rishi Reddi was born in Hyderabad, India, and grew up in Great Britain and the United States. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2005 and received an honorable mention in Pushcart Prize 2004; she is also a recipient of an Artist Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.

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“Reddi’s understated prose and her choice of detail give her revelations a quiet power.” (The New Yorker)

“[A]mong such time-tested topics of immigrant fiction, Reddi suddenly soars.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“While many of the stories seem simple, characters and plots linger long after you turn the page.” (Washington Post)

“...reminiscent of Jhumpa Lahiri... The immigrant experience...is rendered with the starkest honesty... substance and depth.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Reddi has produced a piece of writing that masterfully contrasts the assumed with the experienced, myth with reality.” (India Currents)

“...superb debut collection... much like Jhumpa Lahiri...a gem of a book...characters remain etched in memory...” (Indian Express)

“In deceptively simple prose...a compassionate look at what happens when the insular world of the Indian immigrant is breached.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“...Reddi deftly employs images to crystallize... the isolation and occasional bewilderment shared by her sympathetic characters.” (Publishers Weekly)

“This excellent debut collection... [offers] elegant studies of a culture that is both familiar and foreign.” (Booklist)

“Reddi’s voice is gentle and her eye watchful...A soft-spoken, sympathetic collection.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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