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Author: Kankana Basu
Publisher: Indialog Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187981725
With Basu around, you don’t really need Jhumpa Lahiri. There is a rhythm to her stories that comes from many tunes, some even unheard by most.
-Ravi Shanker Etteth
Kankana Basu's Vinegar Sunday announces the arrival of a quiet, ironic voice in the little explored genre of the Indian short story in English. Her short stories in this collection offer revealing glimpses of the Bengali residents in Halfway House, and as you progress through the stories you confirm for yourself your worst fear: normal is neurotic. Kankana Basu is a writer to watch out for.
-C. P. Surendran
Very raw, very real; these stories freeze-frame the Bengali community with all its unique tics and traits. More than fiction, these are chunks of ordinary everyday lives, where the drama is more felt than seen.
- Pradeep Guha
Kankana Basu makes an impressive debut with her first book of short stories. Written with a sensitive eye for detail and emotion, the stories conjure up a world of Bengali middle class angst and middle-aged epiphanies. In content and style Basu reminds one of that other great interpreter of contemporary Bengali sensibility, Amitav Ghosh.
- Malavika Sangghvi
A House With A View
Of Bird Song
A Suitable Death
An Elusive Magic