Half Gods

Author(s): Akil Kumarasamy
Original Publish Date: Jun 05, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.52 hours)
Product Number: Z100136971
Released: Jun 05, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427298683
Narrator/s: Priya Ayyar, Vikas Adam
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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A startlingly beautiful audiobook debut, Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy 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.

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Author(s): Akil Kumarasamy
Product Number EB00715735
Released: Jun 05, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780374717223

Professional reviews

"Families are central to our lives and to the linked stories in this collection. Together they provide a rich representation of several generations of an Indian family whose members are searching to make meaning out of life's vagaries. Vikas Adam delivers his portion of the narratives in a somber, steady style that highlights the tragedy of lives cut short by ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. In contrast, Priya Ayyar uses a jaunty, energetic tone that makes her stories speed by. Their pairing reflects the emotional journey of the characters as they travel from India to Sri Lanka to the United States. These are evocative, tender stories that mourn personal loss and celebrate the possibilities of hope in immigrant life. M.R. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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