A Tapestry of Tears: short stories from India by Gita V. Reddy (2016)
Fiction | Short Story Collection
“Set in the early nineteenth century, A Tapestry of Tears is about female infanticide, and the unmaking of tradition. If a woman gives birth to a female child, she must feed her the noxious sap of the akk plant. That is the tradition, parampara. Veeranwali rebels, and fights to save her offspring.
The other stories span a spectrum of emotions and also bring to life the varied culture and social spectrum of India. Woven into this collection is the past and the present, despair and hope, and the triumph of the human spirit.”
pooled ink Review:
This book is a beautiful collection of short stories. Each weaves a story that vary in era and topic but all of which focus on family, love, and tradition.
Reading these stories has opened my eyes to Indian cultures and I found it fascinating. I absolutely enjoyed reading about each character’s life, their struggles, and their experiences. Each story grows around a particular topic; these included such things as infanticide, old age, marriage, war, self-reflection, grief, and other topics so important to life.
I found the writing to be quite beautiful and with a weight beneath the words. Images were spun and woven so well that I could easily envision these people and these places. Fiction though this book may be, these stories are built from truth and history, and while often this knowledge made me sad it also pulled me into the stories. Reading the paths described throughout this book has not only opened me to them but to look into my own self and find true gratitude for the life I have been given.
Genuinely I recommend this book to you. The stories shared within it are poignant and thought provoking as well as written in lovely prose that will keep you captivated.
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Meet Gita V. Reddy!
Gita V.Reddy is a writer of fiction for middle-graders and adults. She enjoys thinking up tales of different genres. She has written mysteries, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and even an animal tale for children.
Ms. Reddy was born in India, is a post graduate in Mathematics, worked in a bank for twenty-six years, is married to a physics professor, has a son doing research in neuro-electronics, and loves literature. Yes, her life is as mixed up as the multiple genres she writes.
She enjoys painting and spending time with her family, and LOVES walking in the rain. She also writes under the name Heera Datta.