Friday, August 14, 2009

The Middleman and Other Stories, by Bharati Mukherjee: a review by Laurie [50 BPT]

Today's entry comes from my IRL friend Laurie, of Pith and Wit. Thanks Laurie!

The Middleman and Other Stories,
by Bharati Mukherjee

This woman is brilliant. She is an Indian-born American who originally immigrated to Canada. Her work not only focuses on the experience of being a woman, but being part of a formerly-colonized ethnicity living in the post-colonial colonizing countries, and the experience of being a woman in each of these cultures.

One of my favorite collections of her work is The Middleman and Other Stories. "The Management of Grief" is particularly poignant, as it deals with living in the aftermath of the worst terrorist attack on the West pre-9/11, and living through it as both a victim (the narrator's husband and sons were on board the downed plane) and a native of the same country as the terrorists. It also deals with the conflicts of Indian and Canadian cultural mores, and... well, it's just fantastic.
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