Stock Image

Fifty-Fifty: A Novel in Many Voices (signed by the author)

Robbie Clipper Sethi

2 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0929306244 / ISBN 13: 9780929306247
Published by Silicon Press, 2003
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From Old Book Shop of Bordentown (ABAA, ILAB) (Bordentown, NJ, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since December 12, 2003

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 24.50 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

First edition. Signed by the author on the title page. Hardcover. 217 pp. Fine, previous owner's name top edge of front free endpaper. In equally fine, crisp dust jacket. A novel of a Punjab-Sikh familty told in their own individual voices. Bookseller Inventory # GE14804

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Fifty-Fifty: A Novel in Many Voices (signed ...

Publisher: Silicon Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition

About this title

Synopsis:

Like the linked collections and novels-in-stories of Junot Diaz, Louise Erdrich, and Julia Alvarez, like Faulkner's classics The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, Robbie Clipper Sethi's Fifty-Fifty tells the story of a family and their culture from a variety of points of view in their own individual voices.

Gulab Kaur Gill is not the only member of this Punjabi Sikh family to live through "countless" lives, without ever reincarnating. After the Partition of India in 1947, the Gills start again in New Delhi. As a place where her three grown daughters and son can live together and prosper, Gulab looks to the Middle East, "where so many of our boys had gone to make money off the rich Arabs." But politics interferes again, and her daughters fly like dandelion seeds to Africa and England. She sends her son to America, where "No one gets kicked out."

One by one, three generations tell their stories of desire, loss, and hope. Granddaughter Rosa begins with her assimilation to the multi-culture of a California high school. She introduces us to family, then lets her grandmother recount the family's odyssey from east to west. Like global bungee jumpers, Rosa's cousins and Gulab's grandchildren bounce back and forth between the east and west, giving birth, going wrong, struggling with American values, falling in love, and finding-or losing-themselves.

Gulab's expectations run throughout these testimonials, obsessing her daughters and burdening her son as he works to realize the American Dream. They may be read as chapters of a continuous narrative or as individual stories-a global album of this family's progress from loss to gain.

Globalization and affordable communications and travel have shrunk our world in the twenty-first century. Fifty-Fifty brings this world closer, making enjoyable and familiar what was once exotic and remote. Robbie Clipper Sethi reveals the hearts and souls beneath the surface of these new American faces increasingly visible on the streets of America, in its schools, and in the workplace. She will make you laugh. And think. And cry.

About the Author:

Robbie Clipper Sethi is the author of The Bride Wore Red, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. The title chapter received special mention in the 1998 Pushcart Prize XXII Best of the Small Presses. Her fiction has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Sethi's stories and poems have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Mademoiselle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, US1, and a variety of literary magazines and anthologies, including Other Voices, Screaming Monkeys, Alaska Quarterly Review, Boulevard, The Literary Review, Massachusetts Review, and Ascent. She co-edits fiction for The Kelsey Review.

Sethi is a professor and chair of the Department of English at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. In 2002, she won Rider's Distinguished Teaching award. She was born in Camden and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ and is an alumna of Indiana University, Bloomington and the University of California, Berkeley. Her family was the subject of a New Jersey Network documentary in the American Family Portraits series. Her husband, a Punjabi Sikh, was raised in New Delhi and came to Berkeley in 1970.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Over 25,000 books in all areas. When in the cental New Jersey area, please visit our shop. Hours Wed.-Sun. 11-5. Easily accessible from New York City and Philadelphia, just off NJ Turnpike Exit 7. Visit historic Bordentown City, founded in 1682 and an important location during the American Revolution. (Visit www.downtownbordentown.com)

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Payment methods: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover by phone or email; checks,
money orders (U.S. only; no international checks or money orders accepted). DUE TO THEIR BUSINESS PRACTICES, WE DO NOT ACCEPT PAY PAL UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
Books shipped world wide. Domestic U.S. shipping $3.99 for the first book, $1.50
each additional. Fellow booksellers may inquire about reciprocal discount policy
but MUST have a valid re-seller ID #. ***PLEASE NOTE WELL***On all uninsured
parcels, our ...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express