Wednesday, June 13, 2012

World of Words Wednesday - Lingering Tide by Latha Viswanathan

Latha Viswanathan takes moments of everyday life and transforms them into wonderful stories with ease. This collection of short stories is the beautiful basket she has weaved and filled with characters you can identify with, situations you or someone you know has faced, with a wide range and variety of emotions. Latha’s ability to tell these varied stories is to be lauded – it is almost as if she lived the lives of the characters she writes about. The stories range from the hilariously comedic to really tragic and everything in between.
My favorite of this collection has to be ‘Brittle’.  The tender friendship between the young girl and her older neighbor, Ammini (who is her grandmother’s peer) is beautifully depicted. Her understanding of relationships – that between Ammini and Ammini’s husband, between her grandparents and the neighbors, and her own family – is so revealing of how a young mind works.
‘Cool Wedding’ and ‘A Couple of Rogues’ kept me smiling throughout while I have to still get myself to read ‘Bat Soup’ fully – it is sad and forces you to face harsher realities through young eyes which makes it harder to read. But the fact that this is so is what makes this story as well as the collection a treasure.
A definite must read and thank you to Christa Seeley and TSAR Publications for approaching me and providing me with the opportunity to read this wonderful book and review it as part of the blog tour.

GoodReads summary of the book: Lingering Tide and Other Stories (Goodreads) is a collection of poignant stories that finely depict the lives of immigrants, through the themes of family adjustment, loss, and starting afresh in a new place. Set in suburban Toronto, New Jersey, Texas, and India, they draw out the conflicts in three generations of Indians whose lives interconnect even as they straddle the old and the new. What we sense is both the anguish of loss and the thrill of discovery.
Look forward to an author interview with Latha Viswanathan soon on my blog.

Rating: A


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