A friend of mine from my MA program writing workshop is celebrating the launch of her collection of short stories, Echoes From the Other Land, on Friday October 22 at 6:30 at Beit Zatoun House in Toronto. If you’re in Toronto or the GTA, you should drop by to hear Ava Homa read from her collection. Check out TSAR’s blog for more information.
I can only say that having read, critiqued and helped to edit the first drafts of most of these stories, that they are simple, but beautiful. If you’re a fan of Hemingway-esque prose, Ava Homa’s stories will make your literary senses tingle. If you are at all interested in Iran as a political, cultural and social landscape, you’ll enjoy Echoes From the Other Land. There are no clichés in these stories. You’ll have to read them again and again to really understand what’s just happened: this was proven when a very smart member of our class, totally missed the point in one of Homa’s stories (which has since resulting in much teasing) but is easy to do when things are not stated outright, when the reader has to explore to find the answers. The politics aren’t overdone and heavy-handed; this is not a book highlighting Iranian doctrine or Western doctrine. There’s balance here.
Oh and amazon.ca and chapters.ca just lowered the free shipping threshold to 25$. Just saying.