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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005
Laura Furman (Editor)
1400076544
January 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Whether culled from literary journals or glossier publications, the stories included in this year's O. Henry collection tend toward the polished, dense and emotionally complex. The best entries also add a burst of something brighter: a strong narrative voice, inventiveness or sheer exuberance. Among the standouts is Kevin Brockmeier's "A Short History of the Dead," which offers a brief but compelling take on mortality as the dead remember the final events of their lives while passing through a way station "city" before they move on to their ultimate afterlife destination. Sherman Alexie's poignant "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" follows an alcoholic, homeless Native American who finds his grandmother's tribal regalia in a Seattle pawnshop and embarks on a quixotic quest to recover his legacy. And Ron Rash's...


Heat and Dust
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
0671646575
September 1987
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Holly Smith
Heat and Dust views India through the lives of two English women living fifty years apart. Olivia is the first wife of an English government official assigned to India in the 1920s. The unnamed narrator the story is the young granddaughter of the same official by a later wife who, intrigued by family rumors about Olivia, travels to India seeking answers to Olivia's mysterious existence. How, in a segregated society, did Olivia meet an Indian prince of questionable character, and why did she leave her husband for him? What happened to her afterwards? As the narrator stays in the town where Olivia lived and visits places that influenced Olivia's life, we witness India's past through Olivia's letters and journals and the narrator's imagination. For Olivia, removed from the...


Shards of Memory
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
0385477236
June 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Booker Prize-winning novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Jhabvala spins a family saga stretching across several generations and continents. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
What a captivating cast of characters, and what unorthodox circumstances! Ostensibly about an international spiritual movement headed by a charismatic leader, this novel focuses on four generations of one family. The grandmother and matriarch, Baby, begins the story by relating the family's history and involvement with the Master. She describes the family, including her mother, who left her husband and child to live with another female follower in London. Merchant-Ivory screenwriter Jhabvala (Poet and Dancer, LJ 3/15/93) tells the remainder of the novel...


Cross-Cultural Interaction in Indian English Fiction
Ramesh Chadha
8185135320
December 1988
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Study of Kamala Markandaya, b. 1924, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, b. 1927, Indian women novelists.


East into Upper East: Plain Tales from New York and New Delhi
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1582430349
December 1999
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Book Review
The "East" of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's East into Upper East refers to India's sprawling metropolis, New Delhi; the "Upper East," not surprisingly, is that other big city, New York. In this short-story collection, Jhabvala explores the nature of love on two continents. The first tales take place in India. In "Expiation," the narrator, an affluent cloth broker, must deal with a much beloved but mentally unstable younger brother. Many years of closing his eyes to the evidence of his brother's delinquency eventually puts the entire family at risk. In "Farid and Farida," a marriage that had soured when transported from India to London reanimates in an unconventional way when the two estranged spouses meet again years later under a Banyan tree in India. Jhabvala moves from the six stories set on the subcontinent to New York with...


Householder
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
0393008517
December 2001
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Book Description
This witty and perceptive novel is about Prem, a young teacher in New Delhi who has just become a householder and is finding his responsibilities perplexing.

About the Author
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala spends her time in New York and in India. REVIEW: All the figures in this book...are irresistible comic manifestations. (The New Yorker)


Heat and Dust
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
0745127150
Jan 1999
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Holly Smith
Heat and Dust views India through the lives of two English women living fifty years apart. Olivia is the first wife of an English government official assigned to India in the 1920s. The unnamed narrator the story is the young granddaughter of the same official by a later wife who, intrigued by family rumors about Olivia, travels to India seeking answers to Olivia's mysterious existence. How, in a segregated society, did Olivia meet an Indian prince of questionable character, and why did she leave her husband for him? What happened to her afterwards? As the narrator stays in the town where Olivia lived and visits places that influenced Olivia's life, we witness India's past through Olivia's letters and journals and the narrator's imagination. For Olivia, removed from the...


My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1593760280
June 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
After 17 books thorny with existential and intellectual issues, Jhabvala has unleashed her imagination to rewrite her own past. In nine pieces of "autobiographical fiction" set in New York, London and India, septuagenarian Jhabvala imagines alternative paths her life might have taken. While the narrator of each story has a different given name, in an Apologia Jhabvala states that "the I of each chapter—is myself." The stories do not attempt to cover her life fully (her long career with Merchant and Ivory is never alluded to) nor do they reveal specific personal details. Instead, certain circumstances and psychological attitudes prevail. The narrator is usually an only child of a wealthy German-Jewish father who fled the Nazis and a beautiful, vain, erstwhile actress mother. Both parents assume that their...


My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1593760698
June 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
After 17 books thorny with existential and intellectual issues, Jhabvala has unleashed her imagination to rewrite her own past. In nine pieces of "autobiographical fiction" set in New York, London and India, septuagenarian Jhabvala imagines alternative paths her life might have taken. While the narrator of each story has a different given name, in an Apologia Jhabvala states that "the I of each chapter—is myself." The stories do not attempt to cover her life fully (her long career with Merchant and Ivory is never alluded to) nor do they reveal specific personal details. Instead, certain circumstances and psychological attitudes prevail. The narrator is usually an only child of a wealthy German-Jewish father who fled the Nazis and a beautiful, vain, erstwhile actress mother. Both parents assume that their...


In Search of Love & Beauty
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1582430160
June 1999
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Book Description
This observant and insightful novel reveals, in rich and poignant detail, the interior lives of three generations of people in their quest for love and beauty Louise, not content with her husband's gentle affection, strives to reclaim her youth in titillating social and spiritual adventures. Her daughter Marietta searches for beauty in lofty ideas and in her obsession for her son Mark, who believes love is to be found in the pursuit of money and young, vacuous lovers. And Leo, their eccentric, self-styled guru, satisfies himself with power-commanding the bodies and souls of his followers. Demonstrating Jhabvala's deft twists of irony and humor, In Search of Love and Beauty brings several lifespans, full of hopes and ideals, within our grasp.

About the Author
Ruth Prawer...


Conversations with Screenwriters
Susan Bullington Katz
0325002959
October 2000
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Allan Burns
"...Susan has a knack for posing questions that get the answers we all want to hear."

Review
“With a passion for the craft of scriptwriting and detailed knowledge of her subjects' work . . . Susan has a knack for posing questions that get the answers we all want to hear.”–Allan Burns

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Heat and Dust
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
0844663352
January 1988
Hardcover
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Holly Smith
Heat and Dust views India through the lives of two English women living fifty years apart. Olivia is the first wife of an English government official assigned to India in the 1920s. The unnamed narrator the story is the young granddaughter of the same official by a later wife who, intrigued by family rumors about Olivia, travels to India seeking answers to Olivia's mysterious existence. How, in a segregated society, did Olivia meet an Indian prince of questionable character, and why did she leave her husband for him? What happened to her afterwards? As the narrator stays in the town where Olivia lived and visits places that influenced Olivia's life, we witness India's past through Olivia's letters and journals and the narrator's imagination. For Olivia, removed from the...


Three Continents
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1582430322
Sept 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Though now widely known for her screenplay of A Room with a View, Jhabvala's literary reputation still rests on her subtle fiction grounded in psychological authenticity. This long novel, set in New York, London and India, is a penetrating psychological study of a young woman generously endowed with breeding and money but starved of self-esteem and purpose. Jhabvala describes the emotional seduction of Harriet Wishwell by the members of a fanatic religious sect, the Fourth World Movement, as well as her physical seduction by one of its leaders. Harriet and her homosexual twin brother Michael are equally drawn to charismatic Crishi, who marries Harriet for the huge inheritance she'll receive on her 21st birthday. Crishi and his cohorts are swindlers and dope pushers, activities they hide behind the movement's...


Heat and Dust
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1582430152
May 1999
Paperback
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Holly Smith
Heat and Dust views India through the lives of two English women living fifty years apart. Olivia is the first wife of an English government official assigned to India in the 1920s. The unnamed narrator the story is the young granddaughter of the same official by a later wife who, intrigued by family rumors about Olivia, travels to India seeking answers to Olivia's mysterious existence. How, in a segregated society, did Olivia meet an Indian prince of questionable character, and why did she leave her husband for him? What happened to her afterwards? As the narrator stays in the town where Olivia lived and visits places that influenced Olivia's life, we witness India's past through Olivia's letters and journals and the narrator's imagination. For Olivia, removed from the...


Travelers
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1582430330
Sept 1999
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Book Description
In Travelers, Jhabvala examines the unlikely convergence of four wanderers: Asha, an imperious Indian widow, Raymond, a curious Englishman, Lee, an American looking for her spiritual core, and Gopi, an impressionable young student. With a mixture of impassioned dialogue and subtle narrative, Jhabvala examines the psychological and cultural forces that wend their paths into inextricable knots of love and conflict.

About the Author
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born of Polish parents in Cologne, Germany. She moved to England with her family in 1939. In 1951 she married Indian architect C.S.H. Jhabvala and moved with him to India. Jhabvala is the author of twelve novels, including Heat and Dust, which was awarded Britain's prestigious Booker Prize. She is a MacArthur Fellow and...

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