Item Details

Half Gods

Akil Kumarasamy
Format
Book
Published
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Uniform Title
Short Stories
ISBN
9780374167677, 0374167672
Summary
"A startlingly beautiful debut, Half Gods brings together the exiled, the disappeared, the seekers. Following the fractured origins and destines of two brothers named after demigods from the ancient epic the Mahabharata, we meet a family struggling with the reverberations of the past in their lives. These ten interlinked stories redraw the map of our world in surprising ways: following an act of violence, a baby girl is renamed after a Hindu goddess but raised as a Muslim; a lonely butcher from Angola finds solace in a family of refugees in New Jersey; a gentle entomologist, in Sri Lanka, discovers unexpected reserves of courage while searching for his missing son. By turns heartbreaking and fiercely inventive, Half Gods reveals with sharp clarity the ways that parents, children, and friends act as unknowing mirrors to each other, revealing in their all-too human weaknesses, hopes, and sorrows a connection to the divine."--Amazon.com
Contents
  • Last prayer
  • New world
  • A story of happiness
  • The office of missing persons
  • When we were children
  • Shade
  • At the birthplace of sound
  • Brown smurf
  • The butcher
  • Lifetime in flight.
Description
205 pages ; 22 cm
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