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Ticket to Minto: Stories of India and America

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Sohrab Homi Fracis




Originally from Bombay, Sohrab Homi Fracis teaches literature at the University of North Florida and is a fiction and poetry editor at the State Street Review. He was awarded the 1999-2000 Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature/Fiction, and his work has appeared in Other Voices, India Currents, Weber Studies, the Antagonish Review, and the Toronto Review of Contemporary Literature Abroad.

Ticket to Minto: Stories of India and America
Ticket to Minto, Sohrab Homi Fracis's premier fiction collection, offers readers a passage to an unfamiliar destination – a world in limbo between East and West, India and America, home and away.

With piercing insight, Fracis expertly reveals the underlying differences between immersion in India's culture – Hindu, Muslim, or Parsi – and life as an Indian in America. The stories in Ticket to Minto, alternating between East and West, serve as companion pieces, interrelated across continents in both theme and content.

A middle-aged man's search for love in Bombay is contrasted with an Indian American family's hopes for the marriage of their westernized daughter. A university student rushes to save the life of a servant in his homeland only to find his own life threatened while attending graduate school in America. Poignant and daring, Ticket to Minto underlines the harsh realization that the immigrant never truly arrives but is in constant limbo.

Winner of 2001 Iowa Short Fiction Award
"A subtle understanding of human nature, clarity, and intelligence inform this splendid collection. Sohrab Fracis's accurate eye for sensual detail is as evocative of the sights, sounds, and smells of India as it is of the lonelier landscapes of his domicile in America. An original voice stamped with veracity."
– Bapsi Sidhwa, author of The Crow Eaters and Cracking India.
"Reading Ticket to Minto was an emotional and intellectual joyride I did not want to end. Here is a writer who leaps headlong into the creative furnace – daring, energetic, fresh! This collection of stories will haunt me for years to come."
– Susan Power, author of The Grass Dancer
"Evokes the snaky path to adulthood, exposing all those hitchhiking demons at the intersections. From Caulfieldesque schooldays in Bombay, to assimilation amid the seductive consumerism and residual racism of American culture, a powerful, serio-comic look at two worlds, inside and out."
– Lenore Hart, author of Black River and Waterwoman
"This ambitious winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award is a reminder of how satisfying the short story form can be.… Readers will recognize … the work of an impressive new talent."
– Publishers Weekly
"12 finely crafted stories that evoke the tug of tradition all immigrants feel, as well as life in con-temporary India.… Quiet, evocative tales illumi-nating India and the Indian experience in America."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Recent authors such as… Jhumpa Lahiri (a Pulitzer winner) have won wide critical acclaim… The latest to join that impressive roster of [Indian American] authors is Sohrab Homi Fracis."
– Hartford Courant
"Stunning in its breadth and scope of language and description. A fresh voice in South Asian fiction... Brutally honest, exposing sinew and nerves and getting at the heart of the matter."
– India Currents

Pages 224
Price US $ 6.95
ISBN 81-87981-20-2



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