The Sherpa and Other Fictions by Nila Gupta
In this riveting new collection, author Nila Gupta reveals intersections of contemporary Canadian and Indian cultures with raw authenticity. A young Canadian travels to India to explore her roots and find the woman who loved her like a daughter; a doctor struggles against military corruption as he investigates a soldier's suspicious injuries in Kashmir; a gay man returns to the India of his childhood in search of redemption for his betrayal of his first love. Readers take a rickety tin bus up the side of a mountain, taste the sweetness of ras gullas, experience the tension between a young Canadian-raised woman and her father and sink into the scented jostle of the ladies compartment on an Indian train.
The characters in these vivid stories are dealing with universal struggles: who they are, what they can become and how they can find compassion within challenging circumstances. This debut collection will resonate with all those who have searched for their own identity and sought understanding in a world of contradictions.
About the Author
Nila Gupta was the winner of the Ontario Arts Council K.M. Hunter Award for Literature in 2004 and has been the recipient of numerous art council grants and awards for fiction writing. She teaches Creative Writing at community venues and social work/community work at community colleges, and is enrolled in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program at the University of Guelph-Humber. Poet, playwright and scholar, Gupta has also had work published in a number of literary journals and anthologies. She was born in Montreal and spent several childhood years in India before the war over Kashmir forced her family to immigrate to Canada.
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- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Sumach Press (March 21, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 1894549708
- ISBN-13: 978-1894549707
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