The ‘other’ physician/writer we have here this month (following Daniel Mason on 2 October) is a writer we are very excited to be helping welcome into the book world. Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a fiction writer and poet who writes with insight and verve, as is evidenced by her compelling debut book of stories, White Dancing Elephants. A recipient of Dzanc Books’ publication prize, this book is no conventional debut book of stories. Quite the array of praise for this book early on, coming from Anthony Marra, Jamie Ford, Laura van der Berg, Jeff van der Meer, Amelia Gray, Victoria Chang, Peter Rock, and Kirkus Reviews, among others.
“Bhuvaneswar’s daring mix of ancient, contemporary, and dystopic stories carries us to the heart of rarely exposed longing, loss, and the politics of violence and endurance in remarkable, elegant, heart-stopping prose.”—Jimin Han.
“Chaya Bhuvaneswar's debut collection maps with great assurance the intricate outer reaches of the human heart. What a bold, smart, exciting new voice, well worth listening to; what an elegant story collection to read and savor.” —Lauren Groff.
Co-presented with TASVEER.