My new book of short stories, THESE AMERICANS, features 8 stories and a novella about Indian-Americans. It won the Rosemary Daniell Fiction Prize from Minerva Rising Press.
THESE AMERICANS explores what it means to live between Indian culture and American expectations. An Indian-born immigrant mother gives birth to her daughter in a small Ohio town. A girl recently returned from India strives to become “American” again. A naïve immigrant mother is in denial about her lawyer daughter’s lesbianism. An elderly doctor keeps a shocking secret from her daughter. This engaging collection will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
"Readers looking for accessible short stories capturing immigrant experiences and women's lives will find These Americans a study in contrasting cultures. . . . Thought-provoking, diverse, yet interconnected by Indian heritage, American experience, and women's lives and concerns, These Americans offers a rich set of insights."
"The stories in These Americans explore with lightness and eloquence the complexity of living between cultures. Sreenivasan writes beautifully about childhood and about the very particular complications that women face as wives and mothers. A wonderful novella, "Hawk", completes the collection with a heartrending account of a mother and daughter navigating prejudice at home and at work. A dazzling and lovely collection."
- Margot Livesey, award-winning author of Mercury and The Hidden Machinery
"The crafted stories of Jyotsna Sreenivasan's collection These Americans offer the perspectives of immigrant and native-born Indian Americans as they balance Indian culture with the expectations with American life. . . . Though there are subtle variations in tone and setting, the stories of These Americans form a cohesive, captivating collection."
Jyotsna Sreenivasan was selected as a Fiction Fellow for the 2021 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is also the author of the novel And Laughter Fell From the Sky. Her short stories have been published in literary magazines and anthologies. She was a finalist for the 2014 PEN Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts. These Americans is her first short story collection. She was born and raised in Ohio. Her parents are immigrants from India. Her name is pronounced JOE-tsnah SHREE-nee-vah-sun. Her nickname is "Jo".