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Annam Manthiram

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Dysfunction: Stories

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"The stories are most successful when they are at their darkest, displaying allegorical brilliance on the scale of a Sanskrit epic."
-- Publishers Weekly, Winter, 2013

"Annam Manthiram has crafted characters and situations that are charged, contemporary, and sometimes cruel; they make their way, often clumsily and without compunction, through situations drunk with the impossibility of enmeshing Indian cultural ideas and customs against an American landscape."
-- ForeWord Review, Winter, 2013

"The collection's fourteen stories can be divided into two general categories: short experimental pieces, and longer stories with a more traditional narrative structure. Manthiram applies these varied styles to map the territory of the unloved in disturbing and memorable ways."
-- Fiction Writers Review, Winter, 2012

Dramatically different in style and form, these tales range from the wicked (a divorcee recounts her failed marriages sardonically from A to Z), to heart-wrenchingly commonplace (an older Indian woman struggles to find a husband during humiliating bride-viewings), and emotionally barren (a mother cannot understand why her family doesn't love her enough to remember her son's first birthday).

At times funny, but always incisive, this collection of stories examines the survival of those whose only certainty is dysfunction.