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Praise for Tania James's "First-Rate" Aerogrammes

March 12th, 2013

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From Tania James, the acclaimed author of Atlas of Unknowns, comes Aerogrammes, a bravura collection of short stories in which we are introduced to a host of delicate, complicated, and beautifully realized characters who find themselves separated from their friends, families, and communities by race, pride, and grief.

Select praise for Aerogrammes:

“Tania James’s stories are funny, deeply tender, and each-and-every-one memorable. Aerogrammes is a gift of a collection from a talent who only grows.” —Nathan Englander

“One of the best short story collections I have read in years. . . . funny, tender, and always full of humanity.” —Khaled Hosseini

“By turns rib-shakingly funny and poignant, pinwheeling and wise. . . . Proof that the short story is joyfully, promiscuously, thrillingly alive.” —Karen Russell

“Get ready for a collection of love stories that absolutely doesn’t include a variation on Cinderella-plus-Prince…. Every single story contains a…minute but luminous event, each a reminder that love entails a lot of wear and tear—but on a good day, lets us transcend the average with a little mystery called tenderness.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“Tania James is a warmhearted writer…. she treats her eclectic band of characters—several children, a chimpanzee, an obsessive analyzer of handwriting, two Indian wrestlers in Edwardian London, a former grocer, an aging dance teacher, a widower, a writer and a ghost—gently, almost parentally, pitying them while recognizing the humor in their predicaments…. Her jokes tighten scenes with styptic doses of reality. In these instants we are, as is so often the case, saved from embarrassment by a sense of humor.”
The New York Times Book Review

“First-rate…. James’ prose is clean, deep, limpid; the stories she builds throw strange, beautiful light on completely unexpected places…. Always, her descriptions delight.” —San Francisco Chronicle

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