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India: Penguin, Spring 2011

ABOUT GITANJALI KOLANAD

Gitanjali Kolanad (Photo: Courtesy of author)
(Photo: Courtesy of author)

Gitanjali Kolanad is an Indo-Canadian writer who teaches the martial art form kalaripayat, after having been a bharatanyam dancer for more than thirty years. She won second prize in the 2009 CBC Literary Competition for the second story in this linked collection, “The American Girl”.

Sleeping with Movie Stars

by Gitanjali Kolanad

FRAGMENTS OF LIFE TRANSFORMED INTO STORIES OF LOVE, INFIDELITY AND BETRAYAL WITH THE GRACE, ELEGANCE AND EFFORTLESS EASE OF A CLASSICAL DANCER. SLEEPING WITH MOVIE STARS IS A COMPELLING AND EROTIC READ, TOLD THROUGH 8 LINKED STORIES

  • Longlisted for the 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award
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This collection of eight short stories traces the life of a dancer through the years. In the seventies she is sent as a teenager from Canada to study dance in India, away from the corrupting influences of the West. She finds instead a world of sensuality beyond anything previously experienced. She meets a movie star, goes on bike rides with boys she doesn’t know, and learns about the perils of falling in love from the plight of an older revered man. Time and again, she comes back to India, as a wife and a mother, to rediscover the earthiness and passion of her youth.

Praise for Gitanjali Kolanad

“[Gitanjali’s] writing is urbane, unexpectedly clean of all clutter for a first-person narrative. Both native and foreigner, she maintains a cautious distance from experience. It is a curiously clever device. It allows one to appreciate the ebb and flow of her experiences without being unduly caught up in the drama of them.”  — HINDUSTAN TIMES

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