Wednesday, 3 April 2019

From An-Other Land by Tanushree Ghosh + #Giveaway


From An-Other Land by Tanushree Ghosh
Category: Adult Fiction, 224 pages
Genre: Short Stories, Immigrant Stories, Literary
Publisher: Readomania Publishing
Release date: December 4, 2018
Tour dates: March 18 to April 5, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (It has mature themes in the backdrop in some stories, but doesn't have explicit language or description)




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.

I was delighted to be offered a review copy of From An-Other Land because I felt this short story collection might offer alternative perspectives on the immigration experience. That is absolutely the case! I loved that Ghosh portrays a wide variety of authentic characters who each undertake their journeys to America for very different reasons. I had previously understood people emigrating to achieve their own dreams, but it must be even more of an emotional mountain to climb when you are following someone else's life plan.

The fifteen stories cleverly interlink by way of shared characters, or perhaps an overlapping location, so I got good a sense of the Indian diaspora in this part of America. Each tale can be read as its own individual story though. We first see several characters in the airport queue, briefly becoming aware of each other as they all await their escape overseas. There is a strong sense of hope throughout From An-Other Land. The women particularly are constantly striving to make a good home life for themselves and their families, or the people who become almost surrogate family so far from home. Some take to the American way of life easily, others try to hold onto aspects of their Indian heritage, and others eventually make the decision that they would prefer to return to India. I noticed a bias towards IT related industries for employment, but I'm not sure whether that reflects Ghosh's own experience or whether Indians are especially prevalent in those occupations. I would recommend From An-Other Land to anyone interested in stories of cultural identity, immigration and emigration.


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Meet 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 an 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.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


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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)
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10 comments:

  1. Immigration is one of my top fav topics! I think fleeing death and persecution and pursuing opportunities are not exclusive but go together. I don't think I have ever read this topic from the perspective of the Indian diaspora in the US!

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    1. Ghosh does a great job of showing a variety of viewpoints and, although her characters are Indian, I recognised similar themes from other books I have read regarding immigration from across the globe. Well worth a read

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  2. Immigration is a huge topic in politics right now and everyone seems to be talking about it. This sounds good.

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    1. I think it's important to get a rounded understanding as I am sure the crisis will keep getting worse as climate change disasters start to make swathes of the planet uninhabitable

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  3. I enjoyed the synopsis.

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