by Nod Ghosh
a flash fiction novella, published July 2018
ISBN (paperback) 978-1-925536-58-4
ISBN (eBook) 978-1-925536-59-1
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What people are saying about The Crazed Wind
The Crazed Wind is an ambitious, cleverly crafted work that is effective on multiple levels. Firstly, the novella sweeps through important, timely topics such as displacement and rootlessness, through the eyes of the narrator and her family’s experiences across decades in India and England. Secondly, the core relationship between a daughter and her father is examined with psychological astuteness that lends itself to compassion towards both. Finally, the form of the novella is itself a treat – by using a hybrid of fiction with elements of non-fiction, prose poetry, and playful structures, Ghosh creates an entertaining, unexpected series of pieces that blend to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
~ Stephanie Hutton, author of Three Sisters of Stone.
As always with flash at its best, the power is in the space between the words. In The Crazed Wind, Ghosh provides a lush, unique collection of flash fiction that takes the reader from past to present day India and back again. The reader is taken on a turbulent journey through cultural and family divides, and is left with a disquieting truth.
~ Eileen Merriman, author of Pieces of You and Catch Me When You Fall
In The Crazed Wind, an ostracised woman returns to India where she is reunited with her father. While the monsoon rains pour, their family history unravels in flashes addressing the differences in cultural identity and expectations with a precision and wonderment that doesn’t shy away from complexity. This is a compelling and utterly absorbing portrait of a family in all its ugliness and beauty. With The Crazed Wind Ghosh has not only written an exemplary novella-in-flash, but one where every story stings the way flash should.
~ Santino Prinzi, author of There’s Something Macrocosmic About All of This
Ghosh’s energetic prose draws us into a mysterious and compelling journey through the life of the Bengali narrator growing up in the West, the reflections of her father, and the long-lingering effects of India’s devastating Partition. There is an unabashed honesty that pervades the writing. Ghosh’s descriptive language and imagery are at once beautiful and confrontational and we are quickly immersed in what is often a dream-like and hallucinatory world, the pace of the story willing us to keep turning the pages until we reach the end.
~ Rupa Maitra
This novella in flash is a perfect setting for the writer and her subject matter. Having been a fan of Nod’s for a while I’m thrilled with how she stepped up her game to share the story of an Indian family rife with father daughter head-butting because of their being too much alike to get along whether they’re talking Partition, relatives, or the strain of just plain conversation.
A recurring theme throughout is Dreams and Ghosh weaves them through her stories like an expert marksman. It’s hard to pick out a few of my favorite stories without copying the table of contents but I recommend reading it straight through and take note of these stories: “They Have a Different Heaven”—the opening story, “Bhagubhai’s Thumb”, “Differences”, “Fireflies”—the narrator visiting her father after ten years of strife between them, “Sisters”—my vote for the most charming story in the novella. “May I Introduce My Daughter?” with this section of a paragraph which carries this painful theme throughout, “We have always had a difficult relationship. He tried to mould my sister and me into the women he wanted us to be. When he didn’t succeed, he cast us away, as if by doing so a pair of better daughters might come along and take our places.”
This is a ‘must read’ book so do yourself a favor, buy two—one to lend or give as a gift and the other for you to go back to time after time and read stories by choice or by chance.
Ghosh’s writing combined with her story telling ability is a rare treat.
~ Paul Beckman, author of Peek and Kiss Kiss