Let me preface this review by saying that I liked this collection of short stories a lot. They were all very well written and edited, etc. I love the quality of this author’s writing. Individually, each story was interesting and engaging and compelling.
As a collection, however, it became obvious that the main characters featured in each of the stories were more than a little autob ...more
The quarantine in Mehta’s eponymous story is not a medical situation but a kind of forced cultural dislocation imposed, as quarantines often are, for the presumed benefit of those secreted away. Typically it’s the elderly parents of Indian immigrants who must endure a painful relocation to move in with their adult children who are bound by competing feelings of duty and guilt. Trapped in a ...more
Look, this book is an authentic experience of an Indian's connection with India, as all voices by Indians, diasporic or mainland, are authentic. But that doesn't make it a good voice. It screams 'THANK GOD I'M AMERICAN BECAUSE I COULD NOT BE MORE ASHAMED TO BE INDIAN.' It is redolent wi ...more
There was a very interesting exchange in one story about a man ...more
This is a great introduction to a wonderful writer. These are the stories of the children of immigrants who are balancing the western customs they grew up with and the Indian customs of their parents. We see the appeal of both cultures. It's certainly not a new topic in literature but Metha has his own insights to add.
When I started the book I planned to give it 5 stars but couldn't by the end. Although the protagonist of every story is a 20-something gay male of Indian descent, I don't think th ...more
I won this book from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway, and it definitely wasn't what I was expecting. Quarantine is a collection of nine short stories relating the lives of gay Indian-American men. It alternates between being set in America and being set in India.
The stories were all so good, and I found myself entranced by the characters over and over again. I wish that some of them had been made into longer stories. I was disappointed when I was not able to find out what happened to the charac...more
I look forward to more books coming from this author.
Quarantine is excellent. Blue Bookcase review coming in a couple of weeks.