The Other One: Stories.
The Other One: Stories
University of Massachusetts Press
PO Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
9781625342188, $22.95, 160pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Hasanthika Sirisena is associate fiction editor for West Branch literary magazine and a visiting professor at Susquehanna University. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative, and other magazines. Her work has been anthologized in The Best New American Voices and twice named a distinguished story by Best American Short Stories (2011, 2012). Sirisena has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and, in 2008, received a Rona Jaffe Writers Award. Set in Sri Lanka and America, the ten short stories comprising "The Other One: Stories" feature characters struggling to contend with the brutality of a decades-long civil war while also seeking security, love, and hope. The characters are students, accountants, soldiers, servants. They are immigrants and strivers. They are each forced to make sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, choices. What they share, despite what they've endured, is the sustaining power of human connection.
Critique: An inherently riveting and consistently compelling read from beginning to end, "The Other One: Stories" will aptly serve to introduce American readers to the truly exceptional literary talents of Hasanthika Sirisena. "The Other One: Stories" is certain to be an enduringly popular and greatly appreciated addition to any personal, community or academic library Literary Fiction collection.