The Other Shore
My recent collection of short stories, THE OTHER SHORE won the Feathered Quill Book Award!
Available at: https://cutt.ly/A3AA74D
In this story collection, we meet ordinary people who grapple with extraordinary challenges—a precarious balance between the love of life, the inevitability of death and the connection between humans and nature. Some tales hover between reality and fantasy, while others make a comment about customs and tradition, social prejudice, altruism and kindness, ambitions and failures, and failures resulting in transformation. The stories come alive with characters of Indian descent, their American friends, and people living all around the globe.
“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, Poet & Professor)