Author: Tara Deshpande
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172233639
Funny, moving, wistful and shocking, the stories in Fifty and Done span five decades in a person's life, in masterly progression.
Tara Deshpande's first story is set in a summer of childish games and innocence soon to be lost. From there to a terrified widow haunted by a voice on the telephone, a strait-laced spinster with an incredible secret, an aging film artiste whose moment of glory finally dawns after she has spent her life as a double, and a sedate matron who takes delight in playing a mischievous trick on her host.
Forming an apt counterpoint to the eleven stories are fourteen poems that complete the theme of death, loss, the little successes and many regrets that ordinary people live and eventually die with.
Actress Tara Deshpande's entry into fiction writing is a debut which holds the promise of a second act worth waiting for.