A House Is a Body: Stories

Shruti Swamy (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$25.95  $23.87
Publisher
Algonquin Books
Publish Date
August 11, 2020
Pages
208
Dimensions
5.6 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781616209896

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About the Author

Shruti Swamy is the author of A House Is a Body: Stories, which was shortlisted for the the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. The winner of two O. Henry Awards, her fiction has been published in the Paris Review, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco. Swamy's debut novel, The Archer, will be published by Algonquin Books in September 2021.

Reviews

"Shruti Swamy's A House Is A Body will not simply be talked about as one of the greatest short story collections of the 2020s; it will change the way the all stories--short and long--are told, written and consumed. There is nothing, no emotion, nor tiny morsel of memory, no touch, that this book does not take seriously. Yet, A House Is A Body might be the most fun I've ever had in a short story collection."
--Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

"Powered by intense imagery and jolts of frank sexuality, Shruti Swamy's A House Is a Body blurs the line between fantastical and naturalistic storytelling with its tales of love, loss, and life lived across cultures . . . mesmerizing."
--Foreword Reviews, starred review

"This is one of the books I'll turn to again and again, to study the tapestry of the prose, which is so beautiful and original. And there is such a deep curiosity at work here. I couldn't stop reading once I'd begun, couldn't part with this clear, exquisite, intelligent mind, contemplating an endlessly troubled and intimate world. It made me love reading all over again."
--Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories

"I've been reading Shruti Swamy's stories for a long time and so for me to have them here together is cause for great celebration. These stories are written with such rare patience and a restraint that they are at times, almost unbearably tense. That's a story writer. Not a book to read in a hurry. Take your time, as Swamy did. No need for hyperbole, either. The beauty and timeless grace of these stories will always speak for themselves."
--Peter Orner, author of Maggie Brown & Others: Stories

"Shruti Swamy writes with a confidence and rich understanding that recalls such renowned storytellers as Katherine Anne Porter and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Her collection A House is a Body is the perfect book for lovers of the short story and for all those willing to lose themselves in Swamy's thoroughly developed fictional worlds. Shruti Swamy is a rare talent and A House is a Body is a gorgeous debut."
--Laura Furman, author of The Mother Who Stayed and former series editor of The O'Henry Prize Stories