“Only the finest writers can craft short stories with the richness of a novel, and that is precisely what Reddi has done in this exceptional debut collection. She has burrowed so deeply into the lives of her characters as to make them not only real individuals, but very memorable and sympathetic ones. It is a most impressive achievement.”
— Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

“These stories have a stillness and clarity of language that allow immediate closeness to the emotional lives of the characters. . . . Sad, sweet, tender – truly a lovely book.”
— Kiran Desai, author of The Inheritance of Loss and winner of The Man Booker Prize

“Reddi has written a unique and beautiful book with the power to both entertain and educate. The reader is left to ponder whether making up one’s own mind – and heart – to be free is a decision that can transcend both custom and country.”
— Judith Guest, Bestselling author of Ordinary People

“Rishi Reddi’s characters are complicated people: lonely, prideful, loving, lost and, as are the stories they inhabit, memorable and very worthy of our attention. Exquisite.”
— Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of An Almost Perfect Moment


“There is a real feel here for the interplay between people – the intense moment of anger that comes with a person’s realisation that a close friend doesn’t share exactly the same values and attitudes; the quiet reconciliation that follows shortly on the heels of an argument.”
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Mostly Fiction

“In each of the seven expertly crafted tales, Rishi keeps us balanced on the fence, where we can clearly see both sides, and feel the push and pull from the green grass of both. She provides us with gentle truths and emotional debates that open our awareness, empathy and understanding of the fear that change can bring, along with its exciting possibilities.”
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