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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (395 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rajesh Parameswaran Narrator: Lina Patel, Neil Shah Publisher: Dreamscape Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Audie Award Nominee, Short Stories/Collections, 2013

In the unforgettable opener, The Infamous Bengal Ming, a misunderstood tiger's affection for his keeper goes horribly awry. In Demons, a woman tries to celebrate Thanksgiving after the sudden death of her husband, even though his corpse is still sprawled on their living room floor. In The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan, an ex-CompUSA employee sets up a medical practice in a suburban strip mall armed only with textbooks from the local library and fake business cards.

The heroes - and antiheroes - of this collection include a railroad manager in a turn-of-the-century Indian village, the newlywed executioner of the title, and an elephant writing her autobiography - the creations of a riotous, singular imagination that promises to dazzle the universe of American fiction.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elaine | 2/17/2014

    " Obviously there are many different kinds of love, including relationships that are difficult and maybe even tortured. So I can appreciate alternative definitions of the the term "love story," but this book stretched that appreciation to the limits. It made me uncomfortable for a majority of the time I was reading it, and not in a good way. I couldn't relate to most of the protagonists, not because some were non-humans, but because the reactions and emotions they had went against what I imagine my natural instincts would be in similar situations. I actually thought the last story (my favorite) featuring the being on a different planet was most relatable. Like other reviewers have noted, a lot of the stories seemed forced, like writing seminar exercises. The narrator's voice was often too stiff and academic. The title story and the secret agent story along with the being story were the exceptions to this critique. Don't read this book expecting to be filled with a warm, fuzzy feeling - these are "love stories" that will leave you feeling cold, empty, sad, and/or helpless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aaron Cance | 2/11/2014

    " Any publisher will tell you that short stories are a "hard sell" because competition is stiff, but the distinctive stories in Parameswaran's collection are startling in their unique tone, perspective, and language, and are an absolute delight to read. What a great new voice in literary fiction! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thomas | 2/11/2014

    " An excellent, if not twisted collection of tales fanciful, loving and at times sad. Give this one an open-minded chance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bob Lorraine | 2/8/2014

    " Content not for everyone "

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About the Author

Rajesh Parameswaran’s stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, Five Chapters, and Fiction. “The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan” was one of three stories for which McSweeney’s earned a National Magazine Award in 2007, and it was reprinted in The Best American Magazine Writing. He lives in New York City.