Title: A House Is A Body: Stories
Author: Shruti Swamy
Published by: Algonquin Books
Released: August 11, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: INTRODUCING A DAZZLING NEW LITERARY VOICE
In two-time O. Henry-prize winner Swamy's debut collection of stories, dreams collide with reality, modernity collides with antiquity, myth with true identity, and women grapple with desire, with ego, with motherhood and mortality. In "Earthly Pleasures," Radika, a young painter living alone in San Francisco, begins a secret romance with one of India's biggest celebrities. In "A Simple Composition," a husband's moment of crisis leads to his wife's discovery of a dark, ecstatic joy and the sense of a new beginning. In the title story, an exhausted mother watches, distracted and paralyzed, as a California wildfire approaches her home. With a knife blade's edge and precision, the stories of A House Is a Body travel from India to America and back again to reveal the small moments of beauty, pain, and power that contain the world. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: This was a great short story collection that I enjoyed experiencing. There were 12 stories that were thought provoking and well written. I liked getting a viewpoint that was different from my own. We got stories set in India and America, and they covered important topics. There were some hard topics covered in these stories as well as happy ones. I also enjoyed how some of the stories took place in a real world setting, while others had a more mystical and magical feel.
Shruti Swamy's writing was very nice to read. I can definitely see her talent.
A House Is A Body was a great short story collection. The variety of stories it had and the writing style made for a enjoyable reading experience. If this sounds interesting to you, or if you like the short story format, I'd definitely suggest picking it up.
The winner of two O. Henry Awards, Shruti Swamy's work has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. In 2012, she was Vassar College's 50th W.K. Rose Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Hedgebrook. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow, a 2017 – 2018 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and a recipient of a 2018 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She lives in San Francisco.
Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for A House Is A Body: Stories by Shruti Swamy. Thanks so much to Algonquin Books and Shruti Swamy for letting me be a part of this Blog Tour. If short stories collections are your thing, I'd definitely recommend picking this one up and giving it a read.