BookBrowse Reviews All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva

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All the Names They Used for God

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by Anjali Sachdeva

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All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva
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    Feb 2018, 272 pages

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Cynthia C. Scott

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This debut collection of stories spans centuries and continents, but is united by each character's epic struggle with fate.

Pre-publication press has already compared Anjali Sachdeva to Kelly Link and other genre-blending writers. So it is not unexpected, when reading her debut short story collection All the Names They Used for God, to wonder where the twist will come in, when the ordinary will give way to the weird, the unexpected, and extraordinary. Those moments do arrive but that's beside the point. In her stunning debut, Sachdeva expertly blends genres to arrive at far deeper and more profound observations about the human condition.

The nine stories that shape the collection feature ordinary characters caught in extraordinary, even tragic circumstances. Yet it is through these ordinary lives that Sachdeva brings a little bit of the bizarre, the magical, and the mysterious. A fisherman obsesses over a mermaid to the detriment of his marriage and life in "Robert Greenman and the Mermaid." In "Glass-Lung...

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