Fiction Reading by Shruti Swami ('07)
Thursday, October 22, 2020Time
Main Building Virtual Room 1
Two-time O. Henry-prize winner Shruti Swamy, '07, reads from her debut collection of stories A House Is a Body (Algonquin Books, 2020). Dreams collide with reality, modernity collides with antiquity, myth with true identity, and women grapple with desire, with ego, with motherhood and mortality. In "Earthly Pleasures," Radika, a young painter living alone in San Francisco, begins a secret romance with one of India's biggest celebrities. In "A Simple Composition," a husband's moment of crisis leads to his wife's discovery of a dark, ecstatic joy and the sense of a new beginning. In the title story, an exhausted mother watches, distracted and paralyzed, as a California wildfire approaches her home. With a knife blade's edge and precision, the stories of A House Is a Body travel from India to America and back again to reveal the small moments of beauty, pain, and power that contain the world.
This event is open to the Public.