My review of Akil Kumarasamy's debut short story collection is now up at PopMatters. It is an interlinked set of short stories, so I also talk a bit about how such collections work.
This month's short stories column at PopMatters looks at five new short story collections out this year by American writers of South Asian origin. I also take a look at what "South Asian" covers as a demographic. And how the works of such diasporic writers are typically being received in both the US and their countries of origin (mostly India.) The five stories featured are from: Vandana Singh; Akil Kumarasamy; Neel Patel; Anita Felicelli; and Chaya Bhuvaneswar
My September column is up at PopMatters. Stories by: Roxane Gay (JFK); Jeff VanderMeer (Jeb Bush); Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Melania Trump); George Saunders (Abraham Lincoln); Curtis Sittenfeld (Hillary Clinton.) These fictional works about the personal lives of American politicians' (and a spouse, in one case) are well-crafted and show us unusual but highly believable aspects of their personalities. Also, there's an introductory section about why political fiction (in books, on screen, on stage) matters.