Colfax Avenue: Indira Ganesan, born in Srirangam, India, came to the United States at age five. She is the author of several novels, as well as widely published essays and short fiction, and she currently teaches writing at Emerson College. Ms. Ganesan will read from and sign her new novel As Sweet as Honey (Knopf), an enchanting story of family life that is a dance of love and grief and rebirth, set on a gorgeous island in the Indian Ocean, filled with exotic flora and fauna and perfumed air. A large family compound is presided over by a benign, stalwart grandmother. There is a very tall South Asian heroine with the astonishing un-Indian name of Meterling, who has found love at last in the shape of a short, round, elegant Englishman who wears white suits.
"The imaginary Indian coastal island of Pi, where Ganesan has set her previous fiction, works beautifully as the setting for this East Asian homage to To the Lighthouse, both the nostalgic recreation of a lost perfect moment and an exploration into Woolf’s thousand shapes of love. The novel is masterful at exploring the difficulty of cultural identity and integration. There’s also a bit of magical realism in the shape of a ghost. But ultimately, this is a novel about the many permutations of both love and family.…The characters’ genuine charm and the girlish, witty energy of the storytelling are irresistible.” —Kirkus (starred review)
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Indira Ganesan - As Sweet as Honey
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 7:30pm
2526 East Colfax Avenue