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In her ambitious debut novel, Rishi Reddi, award-winning author of Karma and Other Stories, explores an enduring question: Who is welcome in America?

Passage West takes the reader on a sweeping journey that follows a family of Punjabi sharecroppers, their Mexican in-laws, and Japanese neighbors at the onset of WWI, revealing a little-known aspect of California’s—and America’s—past.

New England Book Award Finalist. Recommended by Book Riot, Bustle, Ms. Magazine, Teen Vogue, and The Millions

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  • A richly layered historical novel that tells the stories of ordinary people living in extraordinary times … Reddi is … a fascinating storyteller … the book’s themes of racism, discrimination and anti-immigration, disconcertingly resemble the divisiveness of the United States today.

    Booktrib
  • Dramatic and moving … account of the immigrant experience, uncovering its underlying humanity. Rishi Reddi has spent twelve years on research into the early history of Sikh settlement in the agricultural valleys of California in the years 1913-1924 … showing a pattern of immigration still recognizable today.

    Anita Desai, Padma Bhushan awardee and author of Fasting, Feasting and The Artist of Disappearance.
  • Audacious . . . Reddi has produced a social novel in the broadest sense, leading us to make connections beyond the page. Such connections stretch beyond California, requiring us to think about—to reimagine—the history of immigration in the United States.

    David L. Ulin, Alta
  • Reddi is a talented writer with a gift for pacing — she knows how to employ suspense to keep readers turning pages.

    Los Angeles Times
  • Reddi does more than merely renew our sense of the Indian-American novel: she renews our sense of the novel.

    Nina McConigley, author of Cowboys and East Indians, winner of the PEN Open Book Award
  • Reddi’s Steinbeck-ian tale adds a valuable contribution to the stories of immigrants in California.

    Publishers Weekly
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