The Pratap Reddy Interview

Pratap Reddy is the author of two books, 2018’s Ramya’s Treasure and his 2016 collection of short stories Weather Permitting and Other Stories. Both books are published by Montreal’s Guernica Editions and were also longlisted here at The Miramichi Reader for “The Very Best!” Book Award for Fiction.

Ramya’s Treasure by Pratap Reddy

Poor Ramya. A Hindu woman in her late 40’s finds herself out of work (due to downsizing), separated from her husband, childless and nearly friendless. Plus, she is suffering from depression. So much so that she cannot even motivate herself to fill out her papers to get EI assistance. This is the state we meet …

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Vic City Express by Yannis Tsirbas

Vic City Express is a fierce little book; tiny in size, but large in reach and impact. It will polarize readers with the message shouted out by one of the protagonists advocating the elimination of immigration, with not-so-subtle hints at the eradication of unwanted peoples. It takes place on a passenger train ride to Athens where an …

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The Street of Butterflies by Mehri Yalfani

[dropcap]Mehri [/dropcap]Yalfani was born in Hamadan, Iran. She immigrated to Canada in 1987 with her family and has been writing and publishing ever since. The Street of Butterflies (2017, Inanna Publications) goes well with another book of short fiction I recently reviewed (also from Inanna), Outside People. They are stories told from the point of …

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Escape Hatch by Gerhard P. Bassler

[dropcap]Undoubtedly[/dropcap], Newfoundland & Labrador has had a colourful history, from fishing to a strategic WWII port to today’s tourism business. However, a little-known slice of Newfoundland & Labrador (NL) history (outside of the province, that is) is that of Premier Joey Smallwood’s attempt to diversify NL’s industrial base outside of fishing and logging by attracting post-WWII …

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