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Lingering Tide

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Lingering Tide

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LINGERING TIDE

LATHAVISWANATHAN

TSAR Publications

REVIEW BY NIRANJANA IYER

Publisher's Weekly called it "strikingly vivid and memorable." Nevertheless, Lingering Tide seems to have appeared and disappeared in Canada without a ripple. Despite its publication by a Canadian publisher, the book appears to have earned reviews in two (now three!) publications and a handful of blogs.

This is a terrible shame, because Latha Viswanathan, twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, is fearsomely good. In deceptively simple prose, she couches truths so profound they unsettle you for days, forcing you into reluctant recognition. The admiration follows much later.

Lingering Tide consists of a dozen stories written over a dozen-odd years. The collection is peopled with migrants seeking to reconcile the old and new, which isn't remarkable in itself. But Viswanathan's work stands out for two reasons. First, her insights are acutely sensitive and original- for instance, an Indian tourist in Canada is overwhelmed by the "reincarnating gardens," while another remarks that he's never "seen so much of the sky at onetime." Wham! Crowded, perennially warm India is thrown into sharp relief against the new land. …

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