This Is Salvaged: Stories

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.7 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Vauhini Vara has been a reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine, and is the prize-winning author of The Immortal King Rao. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Vauhini Vara's stunning and imaginative debut novel, The Immortal King Rao, made quite a splash this year. It garnered rave reviews! It was a finalist for the Center for Fiction's prestigious First Novel Prize! How exciting for us, then, that her short story collection is coming out in 2023. She's a writer who packs a punch, and personally, I'm excited to see what magic she can conjure in the condensed form. Although we don't know much about yet, one thing is certain: it's something to look forward to.--Katie Yee "Literary Hub Most Anticipated Books of 2023"
In these tales, Vara has captured the fantasies, griefs and longings of life. From keen-eyed girlhood to delusional middle-age, the characters reach for more than is possible, falter, then reach for more. This Is Salvaged is a book for readers who need clarity and hope--that is to say: everybody. Read it!--Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Less is Lost
It takes tremendous courage and wit to look with wonder at the darkest, most shameful places in the human heart and make them hilarious, tender, and deeply moving; Vauhini Vara, with her grand-scale compassion and moral complexity in This is Salvaged, can do this magic with astonishing ease. I've been a fan since I read the story "I, Buffalo" years ago, and am so glad to (finally!) have a collection of Vara's stories in hand to admire and love.--Lauren Groff, author of Matrix
I finished This is Salvaged and immediately wanted to re-read it. What a ride. Vauhini Vara's writing is immersive, yielding stories that are clever and surprising, heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny. A brilliant, deeply satisfying collection.--Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
The stories in Vauhini Vara's This Is Salvaged are brilliant, entirely human, abidingly strange. She is one of our most inventive writers of fiction, as well as visionary, with a gift for writing about grief both extraordinary and ordinary. This Is Salvaged is unforgettable.--Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Souvenir Museum
These dazzling stories take a kaleidoscopic and ferociously tender look at loss and what people hold onto or discover in the wake of it. This is Salvaged is frank enough to introduce its characters at their strangest and most vulnerable but is as interested in the aftermath of a breaking point as the break itself, excavating from grief a fragile and honest sense of hope. Vara has written a wholly original, insightful, and powerful collection.--Danielle Evans, author of The Office of Historical Corrections
Vara's The Immortal King Rao, a show-stopping novel about a Dalit immigrant who becomes extremely powerful, and about his child, was one of my favorite books that published in 2022, and this story collection promises to be at least as good. I first read a story from this collection, "I, Buffalo," a decade ago in Tin House. It's a heartbreaking, somehow very funny story about alcoholism, buffalos, and metamorphosis, one I must have reread a dozen times.--R.O. Kwon "Electric Literature"
A haunting, moving, and wise story collection that leads us to and through the blood-slippery true nature of mourning, commitment, sisterhood, mothering, love, and death, amidst all the strangeness and lostness of the world.--Sarah Thankam Mathews, author of All This Could Be Different
A poignant collection of stories that glimpse the salvation of human connection in the midst of modern alienation.-- "Kirkus (starred review)"
Vara invigorates with emotional insights, whimsy, and a precision with language. It's a remarkable achievement.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Vara illuminates the threads that bind us...Readers are regaled with tales of extinction and de-extinction, death and survival here and elsewhere.--Hana Rivers "High Country News"
Vauhini Vara is on a roll...She's back with a short-story collection that probes the relationships between people, observing humanity in multiple stages of life with humor and keen awareness.--Hannah Bee "San Francisco Chronicle"
This collection of stories is everything. From girlhood to grief, it explores intimacy, relationships, loss, motherhood, aloneness and alienation. Vara's writing is emotional, arresting, chilling, surprising and effortlessly radiant.--Karla Strand "Ms. Magazine"
Stories that focus on the sublime and powerful bonds humans forge with one another.--Jessica Blough, Ajay Orona, and Elizabeth Casillas "Alta Journal"