Her mother's Ashes 3 Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States.
HER MOTHER'S ASHES 3
STORIES BY SOUTH ASIAN
WOMEN IN CANADA AND THE
EDITED BY NURJEHAN AZIZ
This new collection containing stories by 24 South Asian writers in North America brings a quality of writing to the page that makes the book a must-read for short story enthusiasts.
Her Mothers Ashes 3 was preceded by Her Mothers Ashes and Her Mothers Ashes 2 published in 1994 and 1998, respectively.
The contributors are diverse in terms of origin and background. Many of them were born on the South Asian subcontinent, then lived in the United States or Canada and subsequently moved back to Asia, though not necessarily where they were born. Thus, they brought their South Asian identities across the Atlantic and back to Asia.
Along the way, many of these writers gained a clarity for detail in their surroundings, savouring not only tastes and smells, but the way in which certain languages twist tongues in ways that cannot be translated into English and are best said in Gujerati, Hindi or Punjabi.
There is an element to the stories that can only be described as homely--a texture that allows the reader to feel as though they are a family member who has been invited to come along to the dance, the pageant or the wedding and taste the mango juice, the flaming kebabs and the curries, mouth dripping with sauce, turning one page after another. There, the reader meets the smell of flowers at a naming ceremony, the sound of a violin as memories of a wedding flash across the page, and savours the anticipation of a golden sunset in India while inhaling the flavours of chai as it leaps out of the cup, onto the page, in the story titled "A love story."
The stories, beautifully composed, are lively, vibrant, well-written and show an intensity that gives the collection its deserved place on the top shelf of every bookcase--not only in Canada and the United States, but around the world.