Read This Now: The Index
What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!
Bhuvaneswar's short stories beautifully share the lives of sixteen different women. White Dancing Elephants explores issues of immigration, religion, and feminism, but what it does best it let you peer inside each woman's soul. This is a brilliant debut.
White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar (16.95*, Dzanc Books), recommended by Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA.