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Title:
Half gods
Author:
Kumarasamy, Akil, 1988- author.
Uniform Title:
Short stories. Selections
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
205 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"A startlingly beautiful debut, Half Gods brings together the exiled, the disappeared, the seekers. Following the fractured origins and destines of two brothers named after demigods from the ancient epic the Mahabharata, we meet a family struggling with the reverberations of the past in their lives. These ten interlinked stories redraw the map of our world in surprising ways: following an act of violence, a baby girl is renamed after a Hindu goddess but raised as a Muslim; a lonely butcher from Angola finds solace in a family of refugees in New Jersey; a gentle entomologist, in Sri Lanka, discovers unexpected reserves of courage while searching for his missing son. By turns heartbreaking and fiercely inventive, Half Gods reveals with sharp clarity the ways that parents, children, and friends act as unknowing mirrors to each other, revealing in their all-too human weaknesses, hopes, and sorrows a connection to the divine."--Amazon.com.
Language:
English
Contents:
Last prayer -- New world -- A story of happiness -- The office of missing persons -- When we were children -- Shade -- At the birthplace of sound -- Brown smurf -- The butcher -- Lifetime in flight.
ISBN:
9780374167677
Format :
Book