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“These are won­der­ful sto­ries, finely poised, beau­ti­fully writ­ten, and brim­ming with a rare wis­dom.”

Storizen Magazine - - Events - – Kan­ishk Tha­roor, au­thor of Swim­mer Among the Stars

About Half Gods

Star­tlingly beau­ti­ful, Half Gods brings to­gether the ex­iled, the dis­ap­peared, the seek­ers. Fol­low­ing the frac­tured ori­gins and des­tinies of two brothers named af­ter demigods from the an­cient epic, the Ma­hab­harata, we meet a fam­ily strug­gling with the re­ver­ber­a­tions of the past in their lives. These ten in­ter­linked sto­ries re­draw the map of our world in sur­pris­ing ways: fol­low­ing an act of vi­o­lence, a baby girl is re­named af­ter a Hindu god­dess but raised as a Mus­lim; a lonely butcher from An­gola finds so­lace in a fam­ily of refugees in New Jer­sey; a gen­tle en­to­mol­o­gist, in Sri Lanka, dis­cov­ers un­ex­pected re­serves of courage while search­ing for his miss­ing son. By turns heart­break­ing and fiercely in­ven­tive, Half Gods re­veals with sharp clar­ity the ways that par­ents, chil­dren, and friends act as un­know­ing mir­rors to each other, re­veal­ing in their all-too-hu­man weak­nesses, hopes, and sor­rows a con­nec­tion to the di­vine.

About the Au­thor

Akil Ku­marasamy is a writer from New Jer­sey. Her fic­tion has ap­peared in Harper’s Mag­a­zine, Amer­i­can Short Fic­tion, Bos­ton Re­view, and else­where. She re­ceived an MFA from the Univer­sity of Michi­gan and has been a fic­tion fel­low at the Fine Arts Work Cen­ter in Province­town and at the Univer­sity of East Anglia. Half Gods is her first book.

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