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The Sherpa and Other Fictions by Nila Gupta Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize

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The Sherpa and Other Fictions by Nila Gupta Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize

From the Sumach Press news release:

Sumach Press is pleased to announce that "The Sherpa and Other Fictions" by Nila Gupta has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in the Canada & Caribbean Region. Winners will be announced on March 11, 2009.

“breathes with raw energy.” Quill & Quire

“graceful and powerful.” NOW Magazine

“Nila Gupta’s writing surfaces like the soft strokes of a painter’s brush, gradually revealing stories of elsewhere and beyond. Canadian writing that rightly transcends the provinciality of borders and states.” Rawi Hage

Nila Gupta writes with raw authenticity as she explores the intersections of contemporary Canadian and Indian cultures. The characters in these vivid stories are dealing with universal struggles: who they are, what they can become and how they can find compassion within challenging circumstances. A young Canadian travels to India to explore her roots and find the woman who loved her like a daughter; a doctor struggles against military corruption as he investigates a soldier’s suspicious injuries in Kashmir; a gay man returns to the India of his childhood in search of redemption for his betrayal of his first love. Using powerful imagery and brilliant metaphor, Gupta masterfully transports her readers into worlds apart as they ride a rickety tin bus up the side of a mountain, experience the tension between a young Canadian-raised woman and her Indian father and sink into the scented jostle of the ladies compartment on an Indian train. Gupta proves herself an extraordinary storyteller in these nine finely crafted and uncompromising stories.

About the Author: Nila Gupta was born in Montreal, and spent several childhood years in India before immigrating back to Canada in 1967. Activist, poet, playwright and scholar, her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies; The Sherpa and Other Fictions is her first short story collection.

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