In Shashi Bhat’s “Mute,” rooms open into other rooms, and each one is furnished with an inventory of meticulous detail, right down to the roaches scuttling across the floor and the narrator who puts on heels to rise above them. It is a story about fear and loneliness, failed connections and existential questions, as well as a darkly funny take on academia, literary snobbery, and popular culture. This is a story where sentences sparkle, each one laying down the path toward a perfect and most unsettling conclusion.
for Indian Cooking
“Humour and horror combine in startlingly authentic ways in ‘Indian Cooking,’ a moving story that makes brave choices in its characterizations and avoids sentimentality in its depiction of family tragedy.” — 2010 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Jury (Trevor Cole, Susan Glickman, and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer)