Swimming Lessons: and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag

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Firozsha Baag is an apartment building in Bombay. Its ceilings need plastering and some of the toilets leak appallingly, but its residents are far from desperate, though sometimes contentious and unforgiving. In these witty, poignant stories, Mistry charts the intersecting lives of Firozsha Baag, yielding a delightful collective portrait of a middle-class Indian community poised between the old ways and the new.

"A fine collection...the volume is informed by a tone of gentle compassion for seemingly insignificant lives."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

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Rohinton Mistry is the author of a collection of short stories, Tale from Firozsha Baag (1987), and two internationally acclaimed novels. Such a Long Journey (1991) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Governor General’s Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, and the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award. A Fine Balance (1995) won the prestigious Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and The Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Award. It was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. Mistry was the recipient of the 1995 Canada-Australia Literary Prize.

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Skillfully interwoven into stories about the apartment inhabitants' domestic strivings are fearsome glints of the outside world: communal strife, dowry murders, color prejudice. . . . Mr. Mistry's ability through antic humor and compassion to make the repellent--or, at the very least, sad--story material of Firozsha Baag life-affirming, even ebullient, is astonishing given the horrifyingly stunted lives he depicts. In part, the author's success at leaving the reader with a sense of community and of life's bounty, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, comes from his facility in creating a feeling of flow and unfolding. The densely packed hive that is Firozsha Baag has a pulse that belies the trapped lives of its individuals. -- The New York Times Book Review, Hope Cooke

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