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Winner of the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. From the glittering heat of India's Pink City to the palm-lined streets of Silicon Valley and the vanilla-bean fields of Madagascar, Anita Felicelli's debut collection delivers an array of precisely drawn characters searching for identity in the seemingly narrow spaces of their everyday lives.

Thirteen dazzling stories: A youn
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Paperback, 263 pages
Published October 2018 by Stillhouse Press
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Steven Felicelli
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My biased opinion is that this is the most unique, variegated, socio-culturally nuanced story collection to arrive since Murakami's The Elephant Vanishes. The titular lost continent refers to a mythical land, but also to the subcontinent of the author's birth (India). This is the fiction of exile, deracination, anomie—what Robert Lowell might refer to as "lost connections." Each story is substantively different from the next, but the love-song tone/tune (for what's "lost" remember) abides throug ...more
Huda Al-Marashi
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anita Felicelli's Love Songs for a Lost Continent is a beautifully written, nuanced meditation on hybrid-identities, belonging, post-colonial attitudes, love and relationships. Her stories focus mostly on very specific Tamil and Tamil-American characters, shattering the illusion that India or Indian Americans are a monolith. Her characters are all complex and layered, and it's the kind of book you want to read in a book group or even a classroom because there is so much in each story to unpack. ...more
Audrey
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anita Felicelli's collection of short fiction is both a page turner and a thought provoker. Because by definition a short-story author has a limited amount of time to grab the reader, it's always a joy when a story grips you in the first paragraph, as almost all of these do.

One of my favorites was "Swans and Other Lies," about mutual deception. One of the most devastating was "The Art of Losing" about an older couple and their adult son (I'll say no more to avoid spoilers). Both of these revisi
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Sarah Stone
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The stories in Love Songs for a Lost Continent are wild, rich, and unexpected. Anita Felicelli writes with marvelous dark humor and nuance about families, countries, castes, multiple identities, romantic relationships, complicities. A Brahmin girl married to an abusive Bengal tiger becomes a suspect in his death; the son of Tamil ex-pats returns to Chennai to study folklore and falls disastrously in love; a young woman betrays a friend to try to keep her from marrying the wrong man; a recent col ...more
Devi Laskar
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is a terrific short story collection! it reminded me of Olive Kitteridge. I was very taken by the gorgeous language and the reappearance of characters in several different stories -- I highly recommend this book!
Ann Gelder
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and varied collection. These stories subtly explore identity, love, and family in ways that will haunt you long after you finish. A book to ponder and savor.
Sarah
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
There is a huge variety of everything in these short stories: characters, plots, settings, endings, etc. Some are entirely new and surprising, some include readily accepted fantastical elements, some are unique tweaks on old narratives. Yet somehow they all manage to talk about love and loss in vastly different situations and ways. As is often the case for me with short stories, there were many which I wanted to continue on, either to learn more about the characters and where things would take t ...more
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Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!
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Anita Felicelli is the author of CHIMERICA: A NOVEL (forthcoming) and the short story collection LOVE SONGS FOR A LOST CONTINENT, which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Slate, SF Chronicle, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. Born in South India, she lives in Northern California with her family.