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Monday, August 26, 2013

Book review: Where the Dog Star Never Glows, by Tara L. Masih

Where the Dog Star Never GlowsWhere the Dog Star Never Glows by Tara L. Masih

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The stories in this collection span a range of settings, from the Caribbean and Puerto Rico to the Netherlands to Rajkot, India. Masih's beautifully descriptive prose does justice to all these settings, capturing the chatter of frogs, the eerie light of an eclipse, or the intricate swirls of a henna hand painting with dexterity. The real focus of the stories, however, is relationships--ones that are ordinary and yet unusual, broken and healed. I enjoyed all the stories, so it's hard to pick favorites. The one that spoke to me the most was Asylum, the story of a girl coping with a parent who has schizophrenia. I also enjoyed Memsahib, a vivid portrait of the clash of cultures during the British occupation of India. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy literary fiction that feeds the soul.

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