Rishi ReddiOFFICIAL AUTHOR SITE

Press

Booklist

“This excellent debut collection is deceptively easy to read. The stories of Indian Americans navigating their way through two cultures can be read in one or two sittings, but they deserve to be pored over slowly. . . . A great recommendation not only for fans of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake but also for fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s elegant studies of a culture that is both familiar and foreign. “


Kirkus Review

“Reddi’s voice is gentle, her eye watchful, and the dilemmas of her often-isolated characters are by no means solely those of the immigrant community. A soft spoken, sympathetic collection.”


Publisher’s Weekly

“ . . . Reddi deftly employs images to crystallize [her themes]: a set of red glass bracelets smashed with a rock, a wounded bird confused by Boston’s skyscrapers, even a bean-and-cheese burrito, all call to mind the isolation and occasional bewilderment shared by her sympathetic characters.”


Boston Magazine

“Brookline author Rishi Reddi, whose brilliant, elegiac story “Justice Shiva Ram Murthy” appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2005, proves that a strong voice will always be heard. Reddi is the brightest light in Boston’s latest literary constellation . . . Set in the Boston area, her book’s interlinked stories vividly dissect and celebrate the region’s Indian immigrant community. Reddi’s lines combine subtlety and power, and reflect the type of naturalism you’d expect from a former environmental lawyer (the title story’s hero sets out to save a bird injured after crashing into a downtown skyscraper, and winds up saving himself).“


The New Yorker

“Each of these stories in this startlingly mature collection shows first- and second- generation Indian-Americans attempting to manage the disconnect between cultures…Reddi’s nuanced handling of her characters’ anxieties shows the delicate paradoxes that the children of immigrants face..”
{read more}


The Washington Post

“Rishi writes softly but carries the proverbial big stick..”
{read more}


The Philadelphia Inquirer

“This is a low-key collection, but one with substance and depth.In their struggle to fit in, Reddi’s characters may be flawed, heartbroken and lost, but also, to the reader’s great satisfaction , capable of glorious redeption.”
{read more}


Boston Magazine

“Reddi is the brightest light in Boston’s latest literary constellation..”
{read more}


Boston Globe

{read more}


The St Louis Dispatch

“Through close observation of human behavior, the author presents characters grappling with with the immigration experience in America…”
{read more}


People Style Watch

{read more}