Mehta Review Goes Live on The Iowa Review Online

Check out The Iowa Review Online this month, as my review of Rahul Mehta’s debut short story collection, Quarantine, has gone live. It’s really a very good book, and one you should check out. Here’s a little of what I had to say about it in the review:

In his convincing debut collection of short fiction, Quarantine (Harper Perennial 2011), Rahul Mehta chronicles the lives of openly gay Indian-American men, their disappointments and betrayals, and the hard-earned personal connections they come to cherish. In an intimate, confessional style, Mehta’s characters dwell on botched relationships, on their romantic, familial, and cultural failures, and on the difficulty of sharing space with another person. Most of the stories focus on Western-born children and young adults bored by Indian social and religious traditions—rich kids, overfed on pop culture, who have trouble connecting with those around them, whatever their ethnicity.

This is my ninth published review; the first that’s appeared on TIR Online.

Review of Quarantine to Appear on Iowa Review Online

Some good news to report this morning, as my review of Rahul Mehta’s debut short story collection, Quarantine, has been accepted for publication on The Iowa Review Online! The review should run early in October. I’ll be sure to post a link at that time, certainly.

This is my first time working with The Iowa Review, and I’m very excited to be associated with another high-quality journal. This also marks my tenth review to be accepted for publication! I’m not really sure how I’ve written that many, but I’m proud to hit a benchmark of sorts. Book reviewing wasn’t something I thought I’d ever enjoy doing, but the pleasures of the form have surprised me. It’s actually pretty fun, figuring out what makes a book good and getting to tell people about it. What’s not to like?