Over from Hawai’i, where he is director of the Creative Writing program at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa is S. Shankar, with his new novel, Ghost in the Tamarind (University of Hawai’i Press).
“Subversions, transgressions, and transcending boundaries are at the center of Ghost in the Tamarind, and Ramu, a Brahmin with a revolutionary heart, is a fitting protagonist. One of the novel's many pleasures is its seamless weaving of historical contexts, all the more impressive for its range, from the nineteenth century to the 1970s.--Samrat Upadhyay.
“S. Shankar has created an ambitious and moving novel that traverses several crucial eras in India's history. He has masterfully woven into it the lives of Ramu and Ponni, the heroic yet very human lovers who struggle against the bonds of colonialism as well as the prejudices within their own communities that threaten to destroy them.” -- Chitra Divakaruni.
Co-presented with SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY.