From An-Other Land - Book Review & Giveaway
From An-Other Land was written by Tanushree Ghosh. It is a book of short fictional stories telling of individual experiences as they live through immigrating to the United States from India. iRead Books provided me with a copy of the book in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
Never has been the conversation on immigration more pertinent than now, post 2016 US elections. From cancellation of refugee protection and zero tolerance to undercurrent crackdown on H visas to the border wall - the resurgence of nationalism is hitting the globalized population head-on.
But what is immigration today? A question of life or death - fleeing of persecution? A compulsion? Or a mere pursuance of privilege? And what is the US today? A land of opportunities? Or a quagmire impossible to comprehend, inherently racist and selfish?
From An-Other Land dives deep into immigration today for the diaspora and its many facets with characters who seek to define themselves in an intercultural setting that is less and less sure of itself. A reality check and a guide for anyone who wants to understand the modern-day US.
The book was written in a number of short stories, each focusing on a different individual. I absolutely love how they all began together at the airport, each taking in the other travelers, and then separately told each story. I’m not usually a fan of short stories (especially as short as some of these seemed) because it doesn’t generally give time for the characters to be developed enough for me to feel connected to them at all. Short stories don’t tend to make me feel emotionally invested. I didn’t feel that way at all when reading Ghosh’s collection. Each story, each character, made me think about their situations. Ups and downs, successes and failures… I was left wanting to continue following their stories. The characters are real.
I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself in to when I signed up for this book review. The topic of immigration can be a major hot button topic, and I tend to refrain from anything political on the website (honestly… I tend to avoid in general… but especially on social media). I am truly happy I was able to read From An-Other Land. The way the author pulled issues into personal stories was so well done. Nothing felt forced. You read a story and realized the battles they were having; figuring out the similarities and differences in their old homes and new, figuring out how to bring their family beliefs into their new world, wins and loses, figuring out personal relationships, work relationships, friendships. I felt like the stories were really well written in order to make immigration issues known, while making the people real and relatable. They are the kind of stories that stick with you, and make you think when you meet people.
And a tiny little thing… living in Northern NJ… I loved the connections to local areas. :)
About the Author:
Tanushree Ghosh works in Tech and has a Doctorate in Chemistry from the Cornell University. She is also a social activist and writer. Her blog posts, op-eds, poems, and stories are in effort to provoke thoughts, especially towards issues concerning women and social justice.
She is a contributor (past and present) to several popular e-zines (incl. The Huffington Post US, The Logical Indian, Youth Ki Awaaz, Tribune India, Women’s Web, and Cafe Dissensus). Her literary resume includes poems and stories featured in national and international magazines (Words Pauses and Noises, UK; TUCK, Glimmer Train Honorable mention) as well as inclusion in seven anthologies such as Defiant Dreams (Oprah 2016 reading list placeholder) and The Best Asian Short Stories 2017 (published out of Singapore by Kitaab). Her first single author book, From An-Other Land is on immigration.
She has held different leadership roles in non-profits (ASHA and AID India) and is the founder and director of Her Rights (www.herrights.website), a 501(3) c non-profit committed to furthering the cause of gender equality. She is often an invited speaker or panelist for both corporate and non-profit endeavors.
Prizes: Win a copy of From An-Other Land (3 paperbacks and 3 gifted Kindle copies to give away) One winner will also get a $20 Amazon GC (open to USA and Canada). Giveaway ends April 12, 2019.