Publication in 2020 by 7.13 Books
“These stories are filled with wisdom and compassion, bristling with dark occurrences and gleaming with quiet moments of joy: an enriching collection.” ~ Mahesh Rao, award-winning writer
“Each of Us Killers offers up a complex portrait of our times. From caste-based violence to domestic power play, from yoga to the under-seam of real estate development, Bhatt uses a dozen devices to examine the lives of people around us, the choices that define them and, ultimately, our selves.” ~ Annie Zaidi, award-winning writer, journalist, playwright, and screenwriter
“Ambitious, sensitive, this collection locates some essential Indian truths, especially its hidden violence.” ~ Prayaag Akbar, award-winning writer and journalist
“. . . unforgettably unique stories . . . richly-layered scenes . . . diversely-assorted characters . . . finely-nuanced language . . .” ~ Advance reader reviews
“. . . three-time Pushcart-nominated . . .”
“. . . Best of the Net Anthology Finalist . . .”
“. . .Best American Short Stories Nominated . . .”
Set in the American Midwest, England, and India (Mumbai, Ahmedabad, rural Gujarat) the stories in Each of Us Killers are about people trying to realize their dreams and aspirations through their professions. Whether they are chasing money, power, recognition, love, or simply trying to make a decent living, their hunger is as intense as any grand love affair. Straddling the fault lines of class, caste, gender, nationality, globalization, and more, they go against sociocultural norms despite challenges and indignities until singular moments of quiet devastation turn the worlds of these characters—auto-wallah, housemaid, street vendor, journalist, architect, baker, engineer, saree shop employee, professor, yoga instructor, bartender, and more—upside down.
Some of these stories have been published in respectable literary magazines (print and online) in the UK and the US — see publication details. One of these stories earned a Pushcart nomination, one was shortlisted for The Best of the Net Anthology (alongside other acclaimed short story writers like Lydia Davis, Allegra Hyde, Daisy Johnson, et al), and one was nominated for the Best American Short Stories 2017 Anthology.
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