BOOK STEW REVIEW: ‘The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die’ by Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, the host of the 80+ episodes of Book Stew, a 30-minute video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, featuring authors, playwrights, voice artists, and journalists.

‘The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die’ by Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay

As many of us become familiar and friendly with Indian-Americans, we have come to enjoy the literature that originates in both countries. This short and beautifully told traditional Bengal tale is about a woman haunted by the ghost of her great-aunt-in-law and then by her own daughter, who herself is haunted by the possibility of love with an equal. It has drama from caste issues, especially the indolence of the formerly wealthy, and a well-drawn contrast between the harsh yet improving fate of women in India over two generations. There’s also a helpful note from the translator – who, to readers in other languages – IS the author.

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