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Quarantine by Rahul Mehta
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Aug 21, 11

Read on August 19, 2011

I love a good short story collection. I'm always hesitant to pick them up, but always glad when I do. The stories here are about more or less lonely gay first generation Indian-American men, and they run the gamut of coming to terms with a native culture that feels somewhat alien to navigating the more selfish impulses of desire (infidelity, a resistance to compassion/empathy, etc). At times the settings and themes can feel repetitive - many stories involve aging grandparents or are set in suburban West Virginia - but it's pleasant to watch Rahul Mehta as he limns new angles with each pass. Overall, I felt the character were engaging, and quite of few of these stories are memorable. I look forward to a novel.
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