NO OTHER WORLD by RAHUL MEHTA is a coming-of-age story set in a small community in western New York. Kiran Shah, the American-born son of Indian immigrants, struggles to find both his cultural place and his sexual identity. His parents, meanwhile, go through their own difficult adaptations, and Kiran’s sister Preeti is traumatized by a racist boyfriend in an incident he thinks he could have mitigated. Haunted by guilt and shame, he travels to India, where he finds himself strangely affected by a teenage hijra, a member of India’s ancient transgender community. Under her influence, he begins to make sense of his troubled life.
“NO OTHER WORLD is deeply satisfying, a novel so moving that I worried about its main characters for weeks after I finished reading it. Rahul Mehta is a writer with astonishing emotional subtlety and generosity; I loved this beautiful book.” (Lauren Groff, author of FATES AND FURIES)
LET ME EXPLAIN YOU by ANNIE LIONTAS is an unforgettable novel about a Greek American family and its enigmatic patriarch. Stavros Stavros Mavrakis, Greek immigrant and proud owner of the Gala Diner, believes he has just ten days to live. As he prepares for his final hours, he sends a scathing email to his ex-wife and three grown daughters, outlining his wishes for how they each might better live their lives. With varying degrees of laughter and scorn, his family and friends dismiss his behavior, but when Stavros disappears, those closest to him are forced to confront the possibility of his death. The novel is told from multiple perspectives: Stavros himself, brimming with pride and cursing in broken English; his eldest daughter Stavroula, a talented chef in love with her boss’s daughter; her sister, the wounded but resilient Litza; and many other voices who compose a veritable Greek chorus.
“Pitch perfect ... very much alive” (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)
“The novel’s true heart is one filled with love and forgiveness” (MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE)
The event includes discussion, book signings, and free snacks.
Mighty Writers West is at 3861 Lancaster Avenue (corner of 39th Street) in West Philly. Phone: 267-244-4005.