This debut short story collection by Anjali Sachdeva launched earlier in the week. It blurs the line between literary and speculative fiction, which makes it a must-read for fans of both genres, I think. My review is up at PopMatters.
In her striking debut short story collection,All the Names They Used for God,Anjali Sachdeva’s characters also reach for various kinds of redemption—inexplicable, undefined, mystical, even sublime. That reach propels them into curious liminal spaces that are not exactly darkly terrifying or horrific, as one might expect, but rather enchanting and mesmerizing.
In her introduction, Sachdeva writes about the difference between how people approached their gods in the old times versus how they do now. She posits that, in present times, there are higher expectations and ideals regarding transcendence and, when these are not easily met by religion, people turn to science, technology, nature, etc. But these new gods are, of course, just as untrustworthy and capricious as the old ones.