Author: Vijay Lakshmi
Publisher: Indialog Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-87981-25-3
This stories included in this collection with the novella are bittersweet explorations of Indian women's experiences that are rich with the themes of cultural displacement marriage; compelling illicit love; and above all, with identity.
The stories are absolutely convincing. The material in Pomegranate Dreams is potentially so rich, the girl's family so intriguing and theme of immigration and assimilation of such importance that the piece feels to me like a novella longing to be a novel.
- Paule Marshall, author, Brown Girl, Brownstones
Vijay Lakshmi's fiction reaches out with strong beauty to a community of minds located in a transnational space. Her urbane rhythms, alert to diasporic dislocations, continue to hark back to her Indian past.
- Jaysingh Birjepatil, Professor of English, Marlboro College, Vermont
PRAISE FOR VIJAY LAXMI
Pomegranate Dreams is a story of remarkable poise and balance. By turn hilarious and wistful, darkened by necessary touches of loss, it is told by a zesty if disaffected teen girl Juhi whose family has lately come to live in Philadelphia. ..Lakshmi is an economical, incisive story-teller. This entire volume is a pleasure to welcome.
- Richard Wertime, author, Citadel on the Mountain.
Whether she is writing about a Hindu's girl nostalgia for Christmas, a mother's first attempt to put aside her sari for a western dress, or an encounter between heartsick immigrants on a commuter train, Vijay Lakshmi writes with sorrow, humor and tenderness about what people lose when they come to America. In these remarkable stories, marriages falter, children grow up, and loved ones die, but what lasts is the power of our dreams.
Simone Zelitch, author, Louisa
Working and reworking immigrants' experiences, Lakshmi creates characters whose isolation we understand because we are all partners in living..their insecurity and their alienation are a part of the human condition.
- Anne D Ulrich in Writers of the Indian Diaspora
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