Middleman and Other Stories

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"Funny, intelligent, versatile...profound."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
These beautifully wrought stories reveal a new world that has been created imperceptibly in our midst: a United States transformed by many new faces from Afghanistan and Asia, from Uganda and Latin America. These immigrants have in turn been transformed by the "idea" of living in America. Passionate, comic, violent, and ultimately tender, these stories portray our latest arrivals in all their richness and...
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Overview

"Funny, intelligent, versatile...profound."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
These beautifully wrought stories reveal a new world that has been created imperceptibly in our midst: a United States transformed by many new faces from Afghanistan and Asia, from Uganda and Latin America. These immigrants have in turn been transformed by the "idea" of living in America. Passionate, comic, violent, and ultimately tender, these stories portray our latest arrivals in all their richness and variety, reflected in American eyes equally varied with fear, love, suspicion, or pure astonishment.
"Stunning...Her characters stand on the shaky ground where East meets West and the sound of cultures clashing could shatter glass."
LOS ANGELESTIMES
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, these stories explore the new immigrant groups who are changing how America lives, earns and votes. From an aristocratic Filipino woman in Atlanta to an Iraqui Jew in Queens, this stunning book speaks of, to, and from these new citizens.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As evidenced in her first short story collection Darkness and two novels, The Tiger's Daughter and Wife, Mukherjee's central preoccupation is the problematical nature of personal encounters between East and West. These expertly crafted tales continue to have that focus; all turn on recent Third World immigrant experience in or closely affected by North America. Mukherjee makes the ambitious attempt to narrate through the voices of characters as diverse as a middle-class Italian-American suburbanite, a Sephardic mercenary from Smyrna by way of Flushing, Queens, a Trinidadian mother's helper and an Atlantan investment banker. But in striving for extended range she sometimes undercuts the authenticity and immediacy of her stories. The most successful tales are those told from the point of view of characters from the Indian subcontinent, especially women. It is Mukherjee's keen eye for telling and sensuous detail that make these stories rewarding. Her limpid prose has a capacity to surprise with trenchant wit and delight with finely calibrated lyricism. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802136503
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,414,406
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    Beautiful and hilarious

    Mukherjee's collection of short stories-MIDDLEMEN AND OTHER STORIES is a book to give to your best friend. It is a terrific introduction to the lives of minorities who moved into the USA and gives a good account of the Indian way of life in a changing time under the constraints of adjustment to a new era, environment and way of life.

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