Karma and Other Stories

Karma and Other Stories

by Rishi Reddi
Karma and Other Stories

Karma and Other Stories

by Rishi Reddi


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In this sparkling collection, award-winning writer Rishi Reddi weaves a multigenerational tapestry of interconnected lives, depicting members of an Indian American community struggling to balance the demands of tradition with the allure of Western life.

In "Lord Krishna," a teenager is offended when his evangelical history teacher likens the Hindu deity to Satan, but ultimately forgives the teacher against his father's wishes. In the title story, "Karma," an unemployed professor rescues birds in downtown Boston after his wealthy brother kicks him out of his home. In "Justice Shiva Ram Murthy," which appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2005, an irascible retired judge reconnects with a childhood friend while adjusting to a new life with his daughter and her American husband. In "Devadasi," a beautiful young woman raised in the United States travels back to India and challenges the sexual confines of her culture. And in "Bangles," a widow decides to return to her native village to flee her son's off-putting American ways.

Set mostly in the Boston area, with side trips to an isolated immigrant community in Wichita, Kansas, and the characters' hometown of Hyderabad, India, Karma and Other Stories introduces a luminous new voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060898823
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2007
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.04(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Rishi Reddi is the author of the collection Karma and Other Stories, which received the 2008 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for fiction. Her work appears in Best American Short Stories, has been broadcast on National Public Radio, and was chosen for honorable mention in the Pushcart Prize. She was born in Hyderabad, India, and grew up in Great Britain and the United States. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

Table of Contents

Justice Shiva Ram Murthy     1
Lakshmi and the Librarian     29
The Validity of Love     65
Bangles     95
Karma     127
Devadasi     157
Lord Krishna     187
Acknowledgments     215

What People are Saying About This

Binnie Kirshenbaum

“Reddi’s characters are complicated people...and, as are the stories they inhabit, memorable and very worthy of our attention. Exquisite.”

Judith Guest

“Rishi Reddi has written a unique and beautiful book with the power to both entertain and educate.”

Kiran Desai

“Sad, sweet, tender—a truly lovely book.”

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