The Other Shore: Print Copy
“Madhu Bazaz Wangu is part gentle guru, part teasing sprite, and part firm realist in this wide-ranging collection of lovely stories. I read The Other Shore with considerable pleasure, and the pages turned easily and quickly. We find a nice legend (“Magic Box”), a point-of-view study of an obsessive mother (“Unfulfilled Dream”), a wonderful parable (“Cadmium and Crimson”) and a variety of character studies, challenges, tragedies, and difficult situations. The Other Shore takes us from West Virginia to Boston to India and — my favorite — to the Daisen-in temple in Kyoto’s Daitoku-ji complex. The stories are rich with surprise turns and unexpected outcomes, convincingly presented by a gifted and skilled teller of tales. This volume will definitely be worth your time.” (Timons Esaias, Writer and Poet)
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The Other Shore: Ordinary People Grappling with Extraordinary Challenges is the newest collection of short stories from writer, spiritualist and teacher, Madhu Bazaz Wangu. The title alone might well be an anthem for the last 14 months or so during which our worries have expanded as our worlds have contracted, and our travel has been limited to our living rooms and reading nooks. As a result, as readers, we have become even more demanding of our fiction, relying on its power not only to take us places we haven’t traveled, but to distract, to transport, to uplift. This collection does it all. Organized into six categories, straddling several genres, Dr. Wangu takes us to lands both exotic and familiar, to real-life locals as well as places where magic rules. What unites all of the stories is their ability to guide us on the greatest journey of all—the journey inward. The Other Shore is a potent reminder of the power of fiction to restore and transform. (Meredith Mileti, author of Aftertaste: A Novel in Five Courses)
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Madhu Bazaz Wangu’s, The Other Shore, is exquisite and immersive. The short stories are sectioned into categories like Magical Realism, Women’s Fiction, Old-Fashioned Romance, and Inspirational—all the things that allow for exploration of life and love. Wangu’s unique point-of-view means each section of tales is fresh and nuanced and different from anything else out there to read. The language—every word—is specially selected to evoke a particular place or time. The words bring things like pain, joy or wonder and they fill the reader, offering a precise sense of being that lasts beyond each tale’s end. Curiosity about the universe drives Wangu’s fictional worlds, clearly inspired by her own inquisitiveness. Her characters confront obstacles with a combination of optimism and realism about what life has handed them. Love is most prominent throughout. Whether a story about the secret life of trees or the roller coaster of a couple on a hike gone wrong or characters locked in marital or familial “prisons,” Wangu teases out the gorgeousness of all facets of life. Good and bad, she serves life’s layers like her trademark food references—beautifully and in a way that makes the reader feel as though she is right there in each and every story. A must read. Get it now. (Kathleen Shoop Award-winning, bestselling author of historical fiction, women’s fiction, and romance)
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Jennifer D. Diamond
Beautiful reviews, all well deserved, Madhu!
Madhu B. Wangu
Thank you, Jenn! Its a delight to see you here!