Pub Date Sept 1, 2021

For the Sake of The Boy

“THE MARVELOUS STORIES IN RAMOLA D’s For the Sake of the Boy open whole worlds; they hold the depth and complexity of novels. Speaking to the loss, longing, and dislocation felt by women who journey from India to America and back again, this is a moving and beautifully written collection.”

Elizabeth Poliner, author, As Close to Us as Breathing

“EVEN IF YOU ARE AFRAID of the quiet brutality that suddenly comes at you, you will still not be able to put down this book. Marriage is a blood sport in this part of suburbia and it is time to grow up. Some of these stories could have gone on for longer and I would not have wanted a single one of them to end. Here are fierce women and intriguing men who are trying to figure out who they are as they strike down roots in America’s suburbs. But don’t expect it to be like anything you’ve seen before, as so much is upended in the matter of pages. Delicious character studies and cutting insights into love and marriage draw you in and get under your skin. Sometimes laugh out loud hilarious, always hard hitting and poignant, this is a book with a lot of bite. Ramola D captures the perspective of global Indians, expertly moving between the atmosphere and the texture of India and America. The candor, sometimes heartbreaking, is reminiscent of the sequel to the film Bombay Talkies. As characters surprise, they show off Ramola D’s strength as a writer of tremendously engaging short stories. Recognizable, relatable, I will get this book for my friends and then wait for it to be adapted by Netflix.”

Leeya Mehta, author, The Towers of Silence

“RAMOLA D.’S STORIES ARE MESMERIZING—THEY unfurl steadily, drawing you into the lives of her characters, startling you with the depths of their experiences, their loves, and their tragedies.”

Susan Muaddi Darraj, author of A Curious Land and Inheritance of Exile

RAMOLA D IS THE AUTHOR of Invisible Season (WWPH, 1998), which co-won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry award in 1998, and Temporary Lives, awarded the 2008 AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and finalist in the 2010 Library of Virginia Fiction awards. A Discovery/The Nation finalist and five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is the recipient of a 2005 National Endowment for the Arts fellow- ship in poetry.