Book Review of
Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi
What do I say about this book?
There are a lot of things I could say… But I would only say this that the story of ‘Grace and Lucia’ is mine. It seems as if, it was written solely for me.
The raw emotions in this book choke me. Renders me speechless.
Opening Lines: My sister Lucia. How strange it is to say the word.
Page Counts: 272 pages
Publication Date: April 4th, 2019
There came a time in the book when I wanted to scream out in pain of Grace. The utter loneliness, the insecurities she felt were so real, that I wanted to console her tell her that I completely understood, what she was going through. But I also felt anger on Grace, when she so carelessly left Lucia, her sister with someone who was almost a stranger.
I wanted to yell at her, tell her to look after her sister Lucia, who is Grace’s sole responsibility.
Lucia was abandoned by her parents because she was born with Down syndrome. Moreover, Grace was kept in dark till after her mother’s death. The anger Grace felt for her parents was beyond words.
The sheer betrayal of her parents makes Grace furious. Resentment sometimes creeps her soul for Lucia. Making her bitter for the injustice, her parents did to both of them.
Tishani’s writing is evocative that the raw emotions of resentments, anger and the injustice of it all are so potent and palpable in the air around you, that you can literally taste it on your tongue.
‘Small Days and Nights’ characters speak to you on a very profound level. You will find yourself nodding in agreement with their emotions and decisions and everything in between.
I have never read Tishani’s previous books, but now after reading ‘Small Days and Nights’ I want to explore them as well.
Tishani Doshi is one of those rare authors whose writing style, stirs you on a very deep level, bringing forth the emotions, you thought were buried deep.
The only Indian author who shook me emotionally was Sharanya Minivannan. Her book ‘The Queen of Jasmine Country’, the poetic saga of love and desires spoke to me on a very different level.
This book ‘Small Days and Nights’ will take its readers on a bumpy to Grace’s and Lucia’s world.
This contemporary family saga will leave an impact on you. Beautiful and emotional.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
About the Author
Born: Madras, India
Tishani Doshi (born 1975) is an Indian poet, journalist, and dancer based in Chennai. Born in Madras, India, to a Welsh mother and Gujarati father, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2001. Her first poetry collection, Countries of the Body, won the 2006 Forward Poetry Prize for the best first collection. She has been invited to the poetry galas of the Guardian-sponsored Hay Festival of 2006 and the Cartagena Hay Festival of 2007. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published by Bloomsbury in 2010 and was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2011, and shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award in 2010.
She writes a blog titled “Hit or Miss” on Cricinfo, a cricket-related website. In the blog which she started writing in April 2009, Tishani Doshi makes observations and commentaries as a television viewer of the second season of the Indian Premier League. She is also collaborating with cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan on his biography, to be published when he retires.
She works as a freelance writer and worked with choreographer Chandralekha until the latter’s death in December 2006. She graduated with a Masters degree in creative writing from the Johns Hopkins University.
Countries of the Body was launched in 2006 at the Hay-on-Wye festival on a platform with Seamus Heaney, Margaret Atwood, and others. The opening poem, The Day we went to the Sea, won the 2005 British Council supported All India Poetry Competition; she was also a finalist in the Outlook-Picador Non-Fiction Competition.
Her short story Lady Cassandra, Spartacus, and the dancing man was published in its entirety in the journal The Drawbridge in 2007.
Her most recent book of poetry, Everything Begins Elsewhere was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013.
Her newest book, The Adulterous Citizen – poems stories essays (2015) was launched at the 13th annual St. Martin Book Fair by House of Nehesi Publishers, making Tishani Doshi the first important author from India to be published in the Caribbean.
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