Quarantine: Stories by Rahul MehtaQuarantine: Stories by Rahul Mehta

Quarantine: Stories

byRahul Mehta

Paperback | May 31, 2011

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“Thestories in Rahul Mehta's Quarantineamplify a surprising new voice: gentle, even tender, but powerful." —Pankaj Mishra, author of Butter Chicken inLudhiana

Reminiscentof Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreterof Maladies and the work of Michael Cunningham, Rahul Mehta’s debut shortstory collection is an emotionally arresting exploration of the lives ofIndian-American gay men and their families. Manil Suri, the New YorkTimes bestselling author of The Death of Vishnu and The Age ofShiva calls Quarantine “an insightful andcompellingly readable collection of stories in which Rahul Mehta masterfullyexplores the emotions, the conflicts, the complex accommodations of being gayand Indian American."

Rahul Mehta received his MFA from Syracuse University, where he was the Cornelia Carhart Ward Fellow. Portions ofQuarantinehave appeared inNew Stories from the South,The Kenyon Review,The Sun,Epoch,Noon, andFourteen Hills. Mehta lives with his partner in Alfred, New York, and teaches at Alfred University.
Title:Quarantine: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:May 31, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062020455

ISBN - 13:9780062020451


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Queer Diasporic Fiction at its best! I'm not a short story reader typically. I read a review of this book and thought it sounded interesting. While not the type of book to give you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, I found this book incredibly powerful. Mehta excels at writing diasporic literature. In the nine short stories in this collection Mehta carries the overarching theme of diaspora while still managing to write unique and interesting stories, from multiple perspectives. While each story centres around a queer protagonist, I would argue the queer elements to his writing are skillfully balanced with race.
Date published: 2011-08-24

Editorial Reviews

“Traversing queer love, sex and the myths of cultural conservatism, this young writer…challenges the legitimacy of the American Dream.”